Hungarian Related Films and Books

  • Those Who Remained

    This critically-acclaimed Hungarian film about the tragedy of self-sacrifice and the importance of selflessness in the wake of trauma will be shown in multiple US markets, beginning in FLORIDA!

    Check out this recent interview with the film’s director on WPBF, an ABC affiliate in Florida!

    Those Who Remained, directed by Barnabás Tóth, tells of 42-year-old doctor and Holocaust survivor Aldó as his quiet, solitary life is interrupted by scornful, 16-year-old orphan Klára. Over the course of the film, these two find something in each other that has been absent in their lives in the aftermath of the Holocaust and develop a close-knit father-daughter relationship that must overcome past traumas, social stigmas, and the rising powers of the Soviet Union. Those Who Remained offers new perspectives on not only Holocaust survivors, but survivors of any major trauma–be it physical or emotional– and emphasizes the importance of finding a new normal in the shadows of grief and loss. This film is in Hungarian with English subtitles. 

    DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT:  For me, this film is, first of all, a hymn, an ode to a man who is totally wrecked but pulls himself together for one last time to save another half-destroyed soul.  We’ve seen so many films about what happened before and during the Holocaust, but so few have shown us the fate of those who remained with us, those who came back. – Barnabás Tóth, director

    Coming Soon to Select Theaters Nationwide!

    Official Selection – Telluride Film Festival 2019
    Shortlist Selection, Best International Feature Film (Hungary) – 2020 Academy Awards

    This film will be making its way across the USA and we will share updated posters as they are released.

    Watch the trailer HERE!

    CLICK HERE to see the most current listings of where it will be shown in the USA!

    Starts February 28th
    Boca Raton, FL – Living Room Theaters

    Fort Myers, FL – Regal Belltower

    Naples, FL – Silverspot Cinema


    Starts March 6th

    Fort Myers, FL – Regal Belltower

    Fort Lauderdale, FL – Savor Cinema

    Hollywood, FL – Cinema Paradiso

    Starts May 8th

    New York, NY – Film at Lincoln Center

    New York, NY – IFC Center

    Los Angeles, CA – Laemmle’s Royal

    Encino, CA – Laemmle Town Center 5

    “A revelation! Perceptively directed by Barnabás Tóth, this exquisite, poignantly performed tale taps into a deep well of honestly earned emotion.” – Alissa Simon, Variety

    “Terrific! A finely-tuned post-Holocaust tale that is quite compelling. Made and acted with unemphatic precision, this marks Tóth as a talent to watch.” – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

    “Remarkable! A film suffused with sensitivity and humanity, demonstrating a talent for elegant and classical direction which turns its back on the ostentatious and the overly dramatic, favouring instead the subtle and positive variations of the dance of life. – Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    “SEE IT! Those Who Remained is an intimate look at two damaged souls who are now ready to begin the reconstruction of their life. Abigél Szõke (brings) the film to life with her tremendously affecting performance.” – Howard Schumann, Critical Movie Critics


  • Book Reviews


    [A special thank you to Landon, our son, who loves Hungarian history and happily reads (and re-reads) all the books I ask him to review for this project!]

    The Eclipse of the Crescent Moon by Géza Gárdonyi

    The Eclipse of the Crescent Moon by Géza Gárdonyi tells the story of the siege of Eger by the Turks in 1552. This book is similar to the famous G.A. Henty’s novels in that it is a rousing adventure with a historical outline and filled in with a fictionalized story around the real person Gergely (Gregory) Bornemissza. If you have read Victor Hugo’s unabridged Les Miserables, the chapters of European history and passage of time between sections in Eclipse will seem familiar.

    The story begins with the kidnapping of Gergely and his childhood friend Eva by a roaming band of Turks. We follow the lives of these children in an occupied Hungary under the Turks through their teen years and culminating in the defense of Eger of which Gergely and Eva play key roles. The Eclipse of the Crescent Moon contains adventure, suspense, true love and self-sacrifice; all the elements for a great tale. Beware, by the time you turn the final page you might suffer a bout of Hungarian patriotism!

    This book can appeal to any reader. History buffs will love this book as will any reader who loves a bit of adventure. I doubt children under the age of 14 could read through this book alone but I think this would make a good book for a family with children 10 and older to read through together. This book does have content I would not recommend for children under 10. Happy reading!

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    Upon the Head of the Goat by Aranka Siegal

    Upon the Head of the Goat by Aranka Siegal

    Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944
    By Aranka Siegal

    Piri and her sister, Roszi, are sent to their grandmother’s (Babi) farm in Komjaty, Ukraine for the summer just like every summer. Before the summer ends Hungary invades Slovakia and Ukraine with the help of the Germans to reclaim land with ethnic Hungarian people on it. Piri cannot go home, the border is closed and she cannot get letters to or from her parents! As the school year starts she must attend the village school but the Ukrainian teacher has been replaced with a Hungarian teacher who demands all the students learn Hungarian. Piri’s friends in Komjaty begin to resent her for being Hungarian.

    After staying with her Babi many months longer than expected, Piri’s parents are finally able to come through the border to take her and her sister home. When they return to Beregszász they find it very different; Mother is pregnant with another baby, Father has lost his rank as an officer in the Army because he is part Czech and he is now just a Private. With him gone, Piri’s mother must have their neighbor run Father’s shop because Jews are facing increasing restrictions and discrimination. All of Piri’s friends are no longer allowed to play with her because she is a Jew. Eventually Piri, her mother, and her siblings are forced from their home to live in a “Jews only” ghetto on the outskirts of Beregszász. Waiting, they are told, for a train to Germany.

    Piri’s account of World War II spans several years beginning in 1939, when she is nine, to 1944, when she is fourteen. The reader is able to see what the war was like from a child’s perspective, without the mess of politics but with the harsh reality of the human cost of war even far from the front lines. This book is appropriate for ages 14+ but I encourage parents to read this book to even those as young as 10 years old.

    Piri’s story is moving and disturbing and is one that needs to be shared.

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    resized-webRefugeeRefugee Child: My Memories if the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
    By Bobbie Kalman

    “Refugee Child” is an autobiography by Bobbie Kalman that focuses on her experience during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 when she was only a little girl of nine.

    This book is written for children and specifically from a child’s perspective. Key definitions and some background information in the beginning of the book will help all readers, particularly children, understand the city of Magyarovar, Bobbie’s beloved family, and the terror of the AVO (Hungarian Secret Police). It may seem a bit simple for adult readers but I appreciated reading about the 1956 Revolution from Bobbie’s point of view.

    Bobbie and her family go through several tough situations, they see the carnage after the attack at the Radio Station, fear for family members safety, and make the long and dangerous trek to the Austrian border in the dead of winter. After spending time in Austria Bobbie and her family receive visas to Canada where they begin their new lives. Children of all ages have had to flee their homes and become refugees and this book can help the general population understand some of what refugees encounter. Due to the intensity of some of the chapters, I would not recommend this book for children under 7. Regardless of the age of your child I would recommend reading it with them. I hope you enjoy this story!

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    andau newThe Bridge at Andau
    by James Michener

    The Bridge at Andau was based on numerous interviews Michener conducted with Hungarian refugees immediately after the revolution. First published in 1957, the book is split into sections each following a fictional person whose story is a combination of broad themes and horrifying details together from several real refugees. The horrors suffered by the Hungarian people are so great that this book is not recommended for children under 14.

    The reader will notice that there is no one class or background that unites freedom fighters. They are factory workers, students, communist party members and soldiers. All are Magyars and all are committed to freedom. These freedom fighters gave everything they had to gain and defend their liberties and they suffered and lost much.

    As an American it makes me truly appreciate the freedoms I have and thankful that for over 200 years there have always been people ready to give everything they had in defense of freedom. That is a fitting thought this 4th of July weekend. God Bless the Magyars and God Bless the United States of America!

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    FALL OF RED STAR (1)The Fall of the Red Star
    by Helen M. Szablya and Peggy King Anderson

    In the fall of 1956, fourteen-year-old Stephen and his friends are drawn into revolution. After decades of brutal oppression by the Soviet Union and treacherous AVO Secret Police (Hungarians who serve the Soviets against their own people), the people of Hungary rise up to demand basic human rights such as the freedom of speech and religion, free elections, and freedom from search and seizure.

    During the sudden, brutal, and bloody revolution, the Hungarian people defeat the Soviets and the AVO and drive them from Budapest and the other major cities. The joy of victory and newfound freedom is tempered with the loss of family and friends in the fighting and the emotional toll killing takes on a young man.

    Only a week later, the reinforced Soviet soldiers come back with a vengeance to Budapest and the rest of Hungary, this time with overwhelming numbers of tanks. The revolutionaries are crushed, and their newfound freedom is torn away. Stephen and his family are forced to flee the city and undertake a perilous journey to the Austrian border for safety and freedom.

    The Fall of the Red Star is a wonderful book for all ages, particularly young people 10-16. Violent scenes may disturb younger children so I encourage parents to read this book first then read it with their children to help them understand the difficult situations Stephen is in. As an American who loves and values my freedom, I connect with Stephen’s desire to be free and to defend those he loves. After only five chapters, the raw emotion in the story is overwhelming and requires the reader to search inside him- or herself: if faced with this situation, would I fight for my freedom or would I bow my head to tyranny?

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  • Hungarian Related Films

    Here is a listing of films our librarian daughter, Lauren, was able to research and pull together a number of years ago. Since then, many more films have become available.

    Some of these may be able to be accessed through Inter-Library Loan (ILL) if your local library will do that with movies (some do not). Libraries are wonderful resources and librarians are very skilled at research! Do not be afraid to ask your local librarian for help locating any of these titles. Our library system offers Overdrive and it also offers some video streaming. You might get lucky and find some Hungarian related films there.  If you cannot find them through your local library, you can also go to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, Disney+ or wherever you watch movies and see what is out there!

    The following films might be filmed in Hungary or have some Hungarian words in it or have Hungarian directors.

    The following were found using the search term “Budapest (Hungary) — Drama — DVD-Video discs.”

    My Mother’s Courage
    Videodisc release of the 1995 motion picture.
    Based on the novel by George Tabori.
    Not rated.
    Dolby Digital.
    High school -adults.
    Producer/director/writer, Michael Verhoeven ; music, Julian Nott with Simon Verhoeven.

    In 1944 Budapest, a mother’s act of quiet defiance saves her from deportation to Auschwitz.

    Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod = Gloomy Sunday
    Videodisc release of the 1999 motion picture.
    Adapted from the novel: Das Lied vom traurigen Sonntag / by Nick Barkow.
    Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
    Not rated.
    Dolby Digital 5.1.
    Producer, Richard Schöps ; screenplay, Ruth Toma and Rolf Schübel ; director, Rolf Schübel ; music, Detlef Friedrich Petersen, Rezsö Seress

    A bizarre love triangle involving a restaurant owner, his pianist, and a beautiful waitress in 1930s Budapest inspires the pianist to compose a tune so depressing it causes a series of suicides.

    Sorstalanság = Fateless
    Videodisc release of the 2005 motion picture.
    Based on the novel of the same title by Imre Kertesz.
    Rated R for some disturbing Holocaust images, including nudity, and brief strong language.
    Dolby Digital 5.1 surround ; Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.
    Producer, Andras Hamori ; screenplay, Imre Kertesz ; director, Lajos Koltai ; music, Ennio Morricone.

    A 14-year-old Jewish boy from Budapest is taken from his family in 1944 and sent to a concentration camp.

    Egymásra nézve = Another way
    At head of title: Karoly Makk’s.
    Videodisc release of the 1982 motion picture.
    Not rated.
    Dolby Digital.
    Writer/director, Karoly Makk ; original music, Laszlo Des, Janos Masik.

    In the aftermath of the failed Hungarian revolution of 1956, the beautiful wife of an army officer falls in love with an outspoken lesbian journalist who shares her office at a Budapest newspaper.

    Videodisc release of the 1994 motion picture.
    Based on the play by Georg Buchner.
    Not rated.
    Dolby Digital stereo.
    Producer, Péter Barbalics ; writer/director, János Szász

    A Budapest railroad flagman who barely ekes out a living for his family snaps when he discovers his wife is having an affair with a policeman.

    The shop around the corner
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents an Ernst Lubitsch production
    DVD | Turner Entertainment Co. | 2002
    Videodisc release of the 1940 motion picture.
    Based on the play: Parfumerie / by Nikolaus Laszlo.
    Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
    Not rated.
    Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut
    Summary: Two bickering sales clerks in a Budapest gift shop are unknowingly engaged in a relationship as anonymous pen pals.

    Kontroll = Control
    Videodisc release of the 2003 motion picture.
    Rated R for language, some violence, and brief sexuality.
    Producers, Tamás Hutlassa and Nimrod Antal ; writer/director, Nimród Antal.
    In Hungarian with English subtitles

    A young ticket inspector for the Budapest subway system travels throughout the subterranean system, encountering a series of outcasts, falling for a beautiful stranger, and facing off against rival co-workers and a terrifying killer.

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    The following were listed under “Foreign films-Hungary”.

    This is a recorded DVD and may not play on all DVD players.
    Based on the novel: Sátántangó / by Lázló Krasznahorkai.
    Originally produced as a motion picture in 1994.
    Widescreen format (1.66:1).
    Cinematography, Béla Tarr, Gábor Medvigy ; film editor, Agnes Hranitzky ; music, Mihály Víg.
    DVD-R, all-zone, NTSC.
    In Hungarian with optional English subtitles.

    “The story revolves around an abandoned agricultural collective, where a handful of lost and lonely characters eke out a living until a charismatic con man arrives to shake things up”–Container.

    A Torinói ló = The Turin horse
    Includes special features.
    Photography, Fed Kelemen ; music, Vig Mihály

    Legend has it that German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche collapsed and never recovered after trying to shield a dray horse from a beating in Turin, Italy. In his final opus, director Bela Tarr focuses on the ultimate fate of the horse and his master, a rural farmer whose livelihood depends on the aging, stubborn animal.

    Fehér tenyér = White palms
    Title from container.
    Videodisc release of the 2006 motion picture.
    Special features: Original theatrical trailer; trailers from other films by Strand Releasing.
    Director of photography, András Nagy ; editor, Péter Politzer ; music, Peace Orchestra, Galt MacDermot, Ferenc Darvas.

    Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, a Hungarian gymnast has nowhere to turn when the system of state subsidies collapses, except to a teaching gig in Canada.

    A porcelánbaba = The porcelain doll
    Videodisc release of the 2005 motion picture.
    Based on: Star Farm / by Ervin Lázár.
    Not rated.
    Dolby Digital.
    Producer, Dénes Szekeres ; writers, Péter Gárdos and Ervin Lázár ; director, Péter Gárdos.
    Three tales of rural life in Hungary, taking place from the 1930s through the 1950s, feature a teenager beating a group of soldiers in athletic competition, a state official’s attempt to resurrect the dead, and an attempt by the authorities to relocate an elderly couple.

    The Witman boys
    General Note: Based on a short story by Géza Csáth.
    Originally released as a motion picture in Hungary in 1997.
    Includes interview with director Janos Szasz.
    Abstract: Two brothers neglected by their mother after their father’s death, find love at the local brothel where they are forced to do despicable things in their search for love.

    Good evening Mr. Wallenberg
    General Note: DVD release of the 1990 motion picture.
    Abstract: “The story of Swedish businessman Raoul Wallenberg who helped Jews in Budapest, Hungary in 1944 obtain Swedish passports to get them out of Adolph Eichmann’s deadly path. He saved over 60,000 people in Budapest’s Jewish ghetto.”–Container.

    Rose’s songs
    General Note: Title from container.
    Originally produced as a motion picture in 2003.
    Special features: music video; photo album; making of the movie.
    Abstract: A Jewish family hides with an opera singer whose voice is so beautiful it is said to protect everyone from being captured around him, during the Nazi occupancy of World War II. Includes an interview with the director.

    Bolshe vita
    General Note: Title from container.
    Originally released as a motion picture in 1995.
    Special feature: Interview with director.
    Abstract: Three young dreamers cross the Russian border intoHungary after the fall of the Berlin Wall, hoping to escape the poverty of the old Soviet Union and the politics of communism. As soon as musicians Yura and Vadim set foot on Hungarian soil, they strike out on their own for Budapest, leaving their musicians’ collective behind. Meanwhile, Sergei, a serious-minded engineer, arrives in Budapest with two suitcases full of knives he hopes to sell. The trio meet in Budapest, portrayed as a teeming international bohemia, full of footloose adventurers from all over Europe and the United States. This youthful spirit soon fades, however, as gangsters take control of the markets and drive out small-time entrepreneurs.

    General Note: Originally released as a motion picture in 2000.
    Special features: full chapterization and original theatrical trailer.
    Abstract: Follows the lives and fortunes of an Orthodox Jewish family and their furniture manufacturing business in Budapest from the end of World War I through the Stalinist era.

    Child murders [DVD] = Gyerekgyilkosságok
    General Note: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1992.
    Abstract: Zsolt lives a lonely life with his grandmother and spends so much time taking care of her that he has little time for much else. However, he makes friends with Juli, a homeless young gypsy woman. This friendship becomes known to the other children in his circle, and results in his being ridiculed, ostracized and beaten. When Juli has a miscarriage and Zsolt helps her dispose of the baby’s corpse, they are spotted by one of the other children who tells the police. Juli is taken to a prison hospital, where she hangs herself. Zsolt then takes his revenge on the informant. His life takes a turn for the better when his grandmother is hospitalized and he comes to the attention of a kindly policeman.

    I love Budapest
    Abstract: Aniko, a 19-year-old country girl moves to the city with her friend Moni. She meets Miki, a handsome security guard. Moni’s boyfriend offers Miki a job, and Miki accepts to impress Aniko. But she soon discovers he’s involved in an underworld of crime and violence.

    Colossal sensation
    Abstract: Colossal sensation is a 2005 art house hit from veteran Hungarian filmmaker Robert Koltai, a master of political and social farce. A deft blend of comedy and pathos, Colossal sensation balances the tumultuous lives of twin circus clowns against watershed moments in 20th century Hungarian history. Born and raised in a gypsy circus somewhere in the backwaters of Eastern Europe, twin brothers and clowns Naphthalene and Dodo fall afoul of the local Communist Party when a joke goes awry. “Older” brother Dodo takes the fall for his hapless brother and lands in the gulag for the offense. Meanwhile, Naphthalene becomes a prop man for a rural theater and involuntarily sets in motion events that lead to the 1956 Budapest revolution. Amid the chaos, Naphthalene sets out to free his brother from prison, with an attractive young hitchhiker along for the ride.

    Adoption [DVD] = Örökbefogadás
    General Note: Title from container.
    Originally released as a motion picture in 1975.
    Abstract: The story of a lonely woman who finds love in the companionship of a young girl and learns about womanhood and friendship in the process.

    Father, diary of one week [DVD] : Apa, egy hit naplój
    General Note: Originally released as a motion picture in 1966.
    A foreign film (Hungary).
    Abstract: A “contemporary” Hungarian film about the years after World War II. A young man tries to discover the truth about his father.

    The last blues
    General Note: Title from container.
    Originally released as a motion picture in 2002.
    Special features: Original theatrical trailer.
    Abstract: Andris is a husband, father, and successful businessman. But he leads a double life. While pretending to be away on business in Poland, he spends half the year with his girlfriend, living the life of an artist. But soon both lives catch up to him.

    Men on the mountain (this sounds like it’s more about Romanians but they speak Hungarian)
    General Note: Title from container.
    Based on the stories by Jozsef Nyirö.
    Originally released as a motion picture in 1942.
    Abstract: A woodcutter moves his family into the serene Transylvanian mountains in search of a better life, but finds tragedy instead. Unlike most wartime films, this film captures daily environmental hardships, and greatly influenced emerging Italian Neorealists.

    Here are some additional suggestions from our readers:

    The Moleman film series is from Hungary. Silard Matusik filmmaker.

    Underworld movies — a movie franchise from the early 2000s with Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman. It’s about a vampire coven and werewolves. The first one was entirely filmed in and throughout Hungary and the other 3 movies only filmed parts there, but in the 2nd movie Underworld Revolution it talks a little more about the founding father being a Hungarian man, and they possibly talk a little in Hungarian.

    Stranger than Paradise Jim Jarmusch director 1984

    The Usual Suspects Bryan Singer director with Kevin Spacey. 1995

    Sunshine Istvan Szabo director 1999

    I Spy Betty Thomas director 2002

    Time Stands Still (1982) “Megáll az idö” (original title)

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Brady’s Escape Hosszú vágta (1984)

    Music Box (1989)

    An American Rhapsody (2001)

    The English Patient

    Dracula (1931) (They speak a few lines of Hungarian at the beginning of the film).

    Indul a bakterház

    Immortal Beloved (1994)

    Tutajosok (1989)
    To Be a Jew In 1880’s Hungary

    Hukkle — very nice scenery and interesting to watch but only a few words are spoken in this Hungarian movie

    Red King, White Knight is a 1989 spy thriller TV movie starring Tom Skerritt, Max von Sydow, and Helen Mirren. It was written by Ron Hutchinson and directed by Geoff Murphy. It was broadcast in the USA on 25 November 1989. Filmed in Budapest, Hungary and Washington DC.

    Mephisto is the title of a 1981 film adaptation of Klaus Mann’s novel Mephisto, directed by István Szabó, and starring Klaus Maria Brandauer as Hendrik Höfgen. The film was a co-production between companies in West Germany, Hungary and Austria.

    White God — When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen because its mixed-breed heritage is deemed “unfit” by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and so-called “unfit” dogs rise up under a new leader, Hagen, the one-time house-pet who has learned all too well from his “Masters” in his journey through the streets and animal control centers that man is not always dog’s best friend.

    Son of Saul — OSCAR WINNER! Best Foreign Film 2016. In this searing drama, a concentration camp inmate tasked with burning the dead discovers the body of his young son, and must choose between participating in the clandestine uprising being planned among the prisoners, or securing a proper Jewish burial for his child.

    You can also do a search through Internet Movie Data Base (imdb.com) for other Hungarian related films and check through Netflix or iTunes or Wikipedia.

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