Post Tagged with: "Film"

János Kulka received the Best Actor award for his starring role in Demimonde.

Demimonde won five awards at the Tiburon International Film Festival

Tiburon is a small, picturesque town north of San Francisco in California. The Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) is an annual event in the Bay Area showcasing international films. The festival’s goal is to provide a greater understanding of the world and its many cultures through the artistic medium of film. TIFF’s motto: “Understanding the World through Film.” This year […]

by · April 18, 2016 · Culture
Endre Farkas

Son of Saul — A gripping drama on dehumanization and brutal nakedness

I just saw Son of Saul. It was a powerful, intense, painful experience. I am a child (not so young anymore) of Holocaust survivors. My mother was in Auschwitz and my father was in Mauthausen. I had heard many stories, especially from my father, about their days in hell. I have seen a number of films about the concentration camp […]

by · February 3, 2016 · Culture
Géza Röhrig,  Timi (Timea Vajna) and László Nemes Jeles at the Golden Globe gala in California.

Son of Saul, the fascistic Kurucinfo and Timi’s gown

Congratulations for the Golden Globe award won by the Hungarian film – Son of Saul. (The film has since also been nominated for an Oscar.) The drama is about the Sonderkommandos, the Jewish units of the death camps who were forced to clean the gas chambers and crematoriums. It is based on a collection of testimonies entitled “Voices from Beneath the Ashes.” Some […]

by · January 15, 2016 · Culture
Vilmos Zsigmond behind the camera in the 1970s.

Hungarian-born Hollywood cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond is dead at 85

His Russian-born business partner Yuri Neyman announced that Vilmos Zsigmond died on New Year’s Day. He was 85. Zsigmond’s wife is writer Susan Roether of Big Sur, California. Zsigmond became Hollywood’s star cinematographer after winning an Oscar for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in 1978. He also received Oscar nominations for “The Deer Hunter” (1979), “The River” (1984) and […]

by · January 5, 2016 · Diaspora
László Nemes accepts his award at the Cannes film festival.

Fidesz intellectuals believe Son of Saul proves there is no antisemitism in Hungary

On a popular television news talk show called Civil Kaszinó, which airs on the right-wing HírTV network, pro-government intellectuals managed to come up with a remarkably passive aggressive response to something that should have been positive news for all Hungarians: namely, that László Nemes’ film Son of Saul (Saul fia) won the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival. The 38 […]

by · May 26, 2015 · Antisemitism
Éva Homor, Steven Kovács and Réka Pigniczky - the San Francisco team of the Hungarian Film Festival.

Hungarian film festivals in California

Hungarian immigrants made important contributions to Hollywood; Michael Curtis, Adolf Zukor, George Cukor, William Fox and the Korda brothers were legends in the last century. “It’s not enough to be talented – you have to be Hungarian in Hollywood.” There is some truth to this myth; during the 1930´s some claimed that the California film industry was dominated by Hungarians. […]

by · November 29, 2014 · Culture
Remarkable drone footage of a Chernobyl ghost town in Danny Cooke’s film

Remarkable drone footage of a Chernobyl ghost town in Danny Cooke’s film

Pripyat, once a model working class city built for the employees of the Chernobyl nuclear plant, is now the world’s largest ghost town. Crumbling socialist era apartment blocks tower over what remains of a city founded in 1970 and evacuated on April 26th, 1986. The city was once home to 49,000 residents, it boasted  over 13,000 apartment units, 25 shops, […]

by · November 28, 2014 · East
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