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Movies screening in English in Budapest: October 2017

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!

Blade Runner 2049

Three decades after the futuristic events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Where to watch?

The film premieres in Budapest on October 5th; for more details check out Cinema City’s website.


Flatliners is a remake of a 1990 American science-fiction psychological horror film. In the film, medical students embark on a daring and dangerous journey conducting a clandestine experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies in the afterlife. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping and reviving their hearts. As their trials become more perilous, their experiences intensify, and each of them must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.

Where to watch?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Allee, Aréna, and WestEnd, as well as at the Corvin Cinema. For screening times check out the websites of Cinema City website and Corvin Cinema.


This riveting psychological thriller from Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) – starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem – is receiving mixed reviews from the world’s film critics and movie maniacs; some love it, others hate it, but one thing is for sure: everyone wants to see it. The well-written story presents a couple’s relationship that is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. This film truly chains you to your seat during a harrowing journey of love, mayhem, chaos, and deception.

Where to watch?

True movie maniacs can attend two pre-premiere screenings of the film on October 13th and 14th at the Művész Cinema, where the film is played with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles. Afterwards, the film premieres in Budapest on October 19th; for more details check out Cinema City’s website.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

The first installment of the Kingsman series, The Secret Service, introduced the world of Kingsman, an independent international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. Now in the sequel, with their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, the members of Kingsman are led to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations need to join forces to defeat a ruthless common enemy in order to save the world.

Where to watch?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Allee, Aréna, and WestEnd. For screening times go to Cinema City’s website.

Royal Opera House screenings  – Giacomo Puccini: La bohème

Between September 24th, 2017 and June 17th, 2018, Budapest’s beloved art-house film theater, Puskin Cinema, screens the 12 most successful performances held at the Royal Opera House, one of the two principal opera companies in London. On October 8th, visitors can watch Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohéme, conducted with perfect control by Antonio Pappano, with original Italian audio and English subtitles. La Bohème, the passionate and imperishable story of love among young artists in Paris, is one of the world’s most popular operas; at first glance, it is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss, while it also reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things of our everyday lives, such as a bonnet, an old overcoat, or a chance meeting with a neighbor. More details (in Hungarian)

Where to watch?

At 2pm on October 8th at the Puskin Cinema.


This classic American neo-noir crime film has been leaving viewers shaken, uneasy, and soulful since 1995. Dimly lit interiors, somber colors, and constant rain set the grim and merciless mood of this film that keeps viewers at the edge of their seats until the haunting and horrific conclusion unfolds. In Se7en, soon-to-be-retiring detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) is partnered with a young hotshot, David Mills (Brad Pitt), to track down a cruel criminal who chose the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi to carry out a series of gruesome murders. However reluctant Somerset initially is to take the case, the two detectives investigate the merciless sermon-like murders, and see the case through to its end, which turns out to be way beyond what the two men ever bargained for…

Where to watch?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at the Bem Cinema on October 7th. More details

The Man with the Iron Heart

HHhH, aka The Man with the Iron Heart, is a film based on the eponymous novel of French writer Laurent Binet. The story tells the true events of the most ambitious military operation of World War II, Operation Anthropoid, the code name for the assassination of one of the most ruthless Nazi leaders, Reinhard Heydrich. The title is an acronym for “Himmlers Hirn heißt Heydrich” (meaning: “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich”), a quip that is said to have circulated in Nazi Germany. An interesting detail is that besides Prague, some parts of the film were shot in Budapest, so city dwellers can spot several familiar settings during the screening.

Where to watch?

The film premieres in Budapest on October 12th; for more details check out Cinema City’s website.

The Snowman

When he finds a woman’s pink scarf on an ominous-looking snowman, which is a sight strikingly familiar from decades-old cold cases, detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) enters a cat-and-mouse game with a murderer who seems to only strike in wintertime and who purposely taunts and torments Hole with witty tricks. Will the detective be able to outwit the unthinkable evil before the next snowfall?

Where to watch?

The film premieres in Budapest on October 12th; for more details check out Cinema City’s website.

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