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Movies screening in English in Budapest: March 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017 — Kata Fári

If you don’t speak Hungarian but want to visit the cinema in Budapest, it can be difficult to find out which films are showing in English (or another foreign language). Luckily, there are many cinemas and film clubs screening newly released films and classic flicks with English subtitles and/or with the original audio. Each month we share some movies to check out with links to the show times too, so you’ll know exactly which cinema to head to and when. All you need to do is grab some popcorn!

A Monster Calls

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In A Monster Calls, it’s just another dull and sorrowful day for 12-year-old Conor, whose only escape from bullies at school, the suffering of watching his mother dying of cancer, and the rules of his hard-hearted grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) is sketching with graphite. However, in the depth of his despair he comes across a most unlikely ally when a huge monster – voiced by Liam Neeson – appears by his window with a promise to tell three stories through astonishing animation in return for a last tale from Conor’s pen. A Monster Calls is a sweet and sad fantasy about a boy’s battle with grief and coping with the cruelties of life told in an inventively visual and one-of-a-kind way. 

Where to watch?
Original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Allee, Aréna, Campona, and WestEnd. For screening times, go to: Cinema City

Francophone Film Days

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Uránia National Film Theater

1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 21.
+36 1 486 3400

This year, Francophone Film Days is held between March 1-10 in Budapest, featuring the freshest and best cinema productions of the French-speaking world. The 29 feature films and two short films of the ten-day-long festival evolve around three main topics that aim to shine light on everyday problems: the first theme explores socio-economic constraints; the second highlights social injustices, corruption, and family secrets; and the third addresses other sensitive issues, such as generation gaps and religion. Furthermore, the festival is complete with various musical events, public readings, and lectures. Visitors to the festival can enjoy the screening of Laurence Anyways, Ouvert La Nuit, and La Toularde with original audio and English subtitles, among many other fantastic Francophone productions at Budapest’s beautiful Uránia art-house theater. More details and full program

Lion

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The soul-stirring and wonderfully written Lion tells the incredible true story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian man who was “lost” for a quarter of a century. On a dark night in a small Indian town, fiv-year-old Saroo gets on an unmoving train and falls asleep, and soon finds himself hundreds of miles away from his home and family, in Kolkata. After making ends meet by himself on the city streets – without even speaking Bengali – and facing countless hardships, the little boy ultimately gets adopted by a kind-hearted couple from Australia. Twenty-five years later, still haunted by only a handful of vague memories of his hometown and by an aching hole in his heart, Saroo sets to find his family with the help of an at-that-time new and revolutionary technology, Google Earth. The tale of Saroo Brierley is one that makes an unforgettable mark on your heart, and is authentically told by Australian filmmaker Garth Davis.

Where to watch?
Original English (and Hindi) audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Allee, Aréna, Campona, and WestEnd. For screening times go to: Cinema City

Logan

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Hugh Jackman is having a final go as Wolverine, a character widely regarded as the most badass superhero. In Logan, this usually unstoppable X-Man starts to show symptoms of aging; his claws are slow to pop out on command, and his incredible ability to heal immediately is letting him down. Logan lives in seclusion near the Mexican border, taking care of Professor X, who suffers from strong seizures that make him lose control of his powerful telepathic mind that puts everyone in his vicinity in danger. However, the two men’s undisturbed hideaway is soon discovered when a young mutant appears, seemingly followed by dark forces.

Where to watch?
Original English audio at Cinema City Allee and Aréna. For screening times, go to: Cinema City

Manchester By The Sea

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Machester By the Sea won American actor Casey Affleck an Oscar in the “Best Actor” category at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. The moving tale tells the story of Lee Chandler, who lives as a lone wolf in a basement apartment in Boston, but after the unexpected death of his older brother, Joe, has to return to his hometown where he finds out that Joe made him the sole guardian of his spirited teenager son. Returning to Manchester By The Sea, Lee not only has to face the hardships of raising a teenager, but also the memories of a past life that tore him out of this tightly-knit community.

Where to watch?
Original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Allee, Aréna, Campona, and WestEnd. For screening times, go to: Cinema City

Moonlight

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After an awkward Academy Awards ceremony fiasco, Moonlight ultimately won an Oscar for “Best Picture” – and two other golden statuettes for that matter – for its honest, heartbreaking, and incredibly personal portrayal of a young man’s struggles of self-discovery, coming of age, and finding his place in the world while growing up as an Afro-American homosexual man in a rough neighborhood in Miami. Chiron’s troublesome story is told across three defining chapters of his life: being a boy lured into the dark by a local drug dealer, being a teenager who falls in love with his best friend, and being an adult who leads an unlawful life and has to return to his hometown – each portrayed outstandingly by a different actor.

Where to watch?
Original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Allee, Aréna, Campona, and WestEnd. For screening times, go to: Cinema City

On Body And Soul

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On Body and Soul is a metaphor-filled surreal Hungarian film drama based on the duality of the world of imagination and dreams. In the film, Mária and Endre work at a slaughterhouse, and realize that they are both part of the same intimate and tender dream, in which they gradually get closer to each other as deer. However, in real life they often find themselves in rather awkward but truly realistic situations, and their relationship is not nearly as intimate and soothing as in their shared dreams. On Body and Soul works with fantastic visuals and amazing sounds,  investigating the relationship of men and women through the encounter of two extraordinary souls.

Where to watch?
Original Hungarian audio and English subtitles at Cinema City Allee and Aréna. For screening times, go to: Cinema City

T2 Trainspotting

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Two decades ago, in the momentous monologue of Danny Boyle’s cultic comedy-drama that many of us can recite by heart, four reprobates – Mark, Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie – proudly decided “not to choose life”. 20 years later, the druggy bunch bursts back into our lives like old mates – only now middle-aged, and with no hope of turning back – in the sequel to Trainspotting, with a bittersweet feeling of nostalgia and melancholy that makes many of us contemplate our own life choices. In T2, Mark returns to Edinburgh and reunites with his old crowd who he betrayed 20 years ago, finding himself in the same underworld of heroin hysteria and petty crimes, but behind the bad-boy attitude now lies a dose of self-loathing and repentance.

Where to watch?
Original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Allee, Aréna, Campona, WestEnd, and Corvin Cinema. For screening times, go to Cinema City, and Corvin Cinema.

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