Culture

The Wandering Muse / Tamás Wormser

Hungarian-Canadian filmmaker explores what it means to be Jewish

Tamás Wormser, a Montreal-based filmmaker of Hungarian origin, was featured in the Montreal Gazette today, in a piece written by columnist Bill Brownstein. Mr. Wormser, well-known for his “road doc” style documentaries, is having his film, The Wandering Muse, featured this Sunday at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal). The fifty year old director, who moved to […]

by · November 21, 2014 · Culture
The Reunification of the Two Koreas at the Katona József Színház in Budapest. Photo: Beatrix Gergely.

Budapest theatre tackles The Reunification of the Two Koreas

Joël Pommerat is one of the most dynamic and complex directors of contemporary French theatre. And this time his piece entitled The Reunification of the Two Koreas has made its way to Budapest, where it is being directed by Gábor Máté, with starring roles for János Kulka, Alexandra Borbély and Eszter Ónodi. Mr. Pommerat is no “run-of-the-mill” director and playwright. (Perhaps […]

by · November 6, 2014 · Culture
The 2014 production of Orestes at Budapest's Radnóti Theatre. Photo: Bea Gergely.

Blood feuds, vengeance and sexuality in the Radnóti Theatre’s Orestes (Photo Report)

Budapest’s Radnóti Theatre, with Director Csaba Horváth, has put on a production of the Ancient Greek tragedy Orestes, with a somewhat modern visual spin. Written by Euripides in 408 BCE, the play explores the lasting impact of blood feuds and the necessity of replacing these with a modern civic legal process. The play focuses on the concept of earthly justice […]

by · October 28, 2014 · Culture
Cigánykerék/Cartwheel: a musical at Budapest's József Attila Színház. Photo: Bea Gergely.

A theatrical journey into a Gypsy-majority neighbourhood in Budapest

Józsefváros, otherwise known as Budapest’s 8th district, has long been one of the most multicultural boroughs in the Hungarian capital. In the early twentieth century, it was home to thousands of rural Jews who moved to Budapest and tried to make a living at the Teleki Square fruit and vegetable market. It has also long boasted a large Gypsy (Roma) […]

by · October 15, 2014 · Culture
Örkény Theatre: "This Land Accepts You" (Photo: Beatrix Gergely)

Hungary & the Holocaust: Örkény Theatre production looks at the “beast” within

“There’s a country (namely, Hungary), which ever since the late 19th century has had a habit of ridding itself of entire sections of its population. If the targeted groups don’t realize what’s going on quickly enough and if they don’t flee, then their homeland may end up murdering them”–thus begins Örkény Theatre’s summary of its newest play, entitled “This Land […]

by · October 4, 2014 · Culture
Black Sky, White Cloud at Budapest's National Theatre. Photo: Bea Gergely.

Black Sky, White Cloud: Budapest’s National Theatre looks at hundredth anniversary of World War I

Budapest’s National Theatre (Nemzeti Színház) is marking the hundredth anniversary of the First World War I with a play based on a largely unknown piece written by Ferenc Molnár (1878-1952). The early twentieth century author is a household name in Hungary, thanks in large part to his coming-of-age novel, The Paul Street Boys (1907), which is essentially canonical young adult […]

by · September 27, 2014 · Culture
Operetta - a parody of operettas in Budapest's Nemzeti Színház.

Exploring Deception – Witold Gombrowicz’s Operetta in Budapest (Photos)

Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz’s piece Operetta is all about deception in the world of theatre. It’s a sharp, witty and sexually-charged play, which ultimately parodies the world of operettas. The play was first performed in 1969 in Italy, shortly after Mr. Gombrowicz’s death. In 1966, Mr. Gombrowicz had the following to say about the world of the performing arts: “Theater […]

by · September 6, 2014 · Culture
Opposing view: One does not subvert a regime through house painting!

Opposing view: One does not subvert a regime through house painting!

HFP reader István Zöld responds to our piece on “Kádár kocka” architecture: This is beyond ridiculous. For a start, these houses are not cubic. Then their architecture has nothing to do with the Kádár era. They are typical East European rural homes, and they were around well before World War II. So it’s wrong to imply their structure was somehow imposed […]

by · August 24, 2014 · Culture
New book explores Hungarian communist era architecture

New book explores Hungarian communist era architecture

A new book by photographer Katharina Roters explores an often neglected form of architecture unique to socialist era Hungary and one that is simply known as “The Cube” (or Kádár kocka). The Cube is perhaps so often neglected simply because it is incredibly ubiquitous throughout the country, especially when it comes to housing constructed shortly after World War II. Yet what made […]

by · August 23, 2014 · Culture
Kassowitz and Williams

Robin Williams and Hungary

Robin Williams, a comic and sitcom star, an Oscar-winning dramatic actor, died at the age of 63. He appears to have committed suicide. The news truly rocked North-America, television channels broke into their usual programming to make the announcement, and the news dominated online trending topics. Mr. Williams was a comic genius, a star of both movies and television for […]

by · August 12, 2014 · Culture