Post Tagged with: "Film"

András Göllner with László Rajk. Photo: C. Adam.

The Son of Rajk in Montreal (Video)

The following text is the uncut version of András Göllner’s introduction to Oscar winning film-maker László Rajk’s presentation on Art and the Holocaust, at Concordia University in Montreal, on November 4, 2016. The text includes video footage from the event. Dr. Göllner, who organized the well-attended talk, is an emeritus professor at Concordia and is the Founder of the Canadian […]

by · November 16, 2016 · Focus
Canadian student asks László Rajk about Népszabadság, authoritarianism and antisemitism in Hungary

Canadian student asks László Rajk about Népszabadság, authoritarianism and antisemitism in Hungary

The Artistic Director of the Oscar-winning Son of Saul, László Rajk, gave an insightful talk at Concordia University in Montreal on November 4th. The event was coordinated by  Professor Emeritus András Göllner, Founder of the Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter, with many partners from the university and the local Jewish community. We will publish videos of the well-attended talk itself, which […]

by · November 6, 2016 · Focus
László Rajk

Artistic director of film Son of Saul to speak at Montreal’s Concordia University

László Rajk, the artistic director of the Oscar-winning Hungarian film Son of Saul (2015) is scheduled to give a public lecture entitled Art and the Holocaust: The Making of Son of Saul on November 4th, 2016, at 3:00 PM at Concordia University in Montreal. The event is being presented by a number of local organizations, including the Canadian Hungarian Democratic […]

by · October 27, 2016 · Culture
Tom Hanks, with the Budapest Chain Bridge in the background, featured on a pro-government propaganda poster.

Oh, no! Tom Hanks is promoting Orbán’s xenophobe message?

Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks is in Budapest for the shooting of his new movie “Inferno”, a sequel to the blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code.” He loves Budapest and says Mexican food is fabulous in the Hungarian capital. I know his favorite Mexican restaurant, but I cannot tell you. Hanks values his privacy and I swore to the owner that I […]

by · October 21, 2016 · Culture
Milán Schruff, Emőke Piti and film director Péter Gárdos.

Milán Schruff – a remarkable young actor from Hungary

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I saw the Hungarian film entitled Fever at Dawn (Hajnali Láz). This feature film was directed by Péter Gárdos based on his bestseller about his father’s quest to find healing and love after World War II in the short time the doctors said he had left. I was interested in the movie […]

by · August 19, 2016 · Culture
Viktor Szűcs's film "The priest on the cake" (Pap a tortán). The photo depicts Buddhist András Laár.

A Jew, a Muslim, a Christian and a Buddhist sit down for dinner in Hungary…

The premise of fledgling director Viktor Szűcs’s film sounds like the beginning of a classic joke, but this 33 minute production is actually a fantastic short documentary on how Hungarians of different faiths share a meal with other. It is also a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the popular Hungarian reality television show called Fish on the cake (Hal a tortán). For […]

by · August 6, 2016 · Culture
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