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Movies screening in English in Budapest: February 2018

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. 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 do is grab some popcorn!

12 Angry Men

The significance of this 1957 masterpiece still rings true in this day and age. 12 Angry Men is a courtroom drama. Out of its 96 minutes of running time, only three take place outside the jury room, but don't be disheartened – this is gripping stuff that keeps your attention up the whole way. Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate forever.

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at the Bem Cinema on February 11thMore details

Fifty Shades Freed

The third and final instalment of the erotic blockbuster, the Fifty Shades Trilogy comes to Budapest cinemas on February 8th. In Fifty Shades Freed, after a rocky relationship, Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Ana (Dakota Johnson) are finally married, enjoying an inextricable connection and life of luxury. However, just as Ana settles into her role as Mrs. Grey and Christian finds comfort in an unfamiliar sense of stability, new threats appear that could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original English audio at Cinema City Allee. More details

I, Tonya

This biographical black comedy tells the true tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding and the story of one of the most sensational scandals in sport history forever associated with her. As the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, Harding was one of the best figure skaters in the United States, until she was associated with an infamous and ill-conceived attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Allee and WestEnd. More details

Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent isthe world’s first fully painted feature film. On 27th July 1890, a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist, now the most famous painter in the world. His tragic death has long been known – what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot. Loving Vincent tells that story, through depictions of his amazing artworks.

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at the Art+Cinema on February 10th and 14th, in the organization of the Budapest Boulevard Cinema. More details

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

This is the third and final instalment in the dystopian science fiction Maze Runner saga. In the film, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will finally get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Allee, Aréna and Westend. More details

Phantom Thread

Last summer, one of Britain's most acclaimed actors, Daniel Day-Lewis shocked the world with an announcement that he is retiring from acting, and later expressed in an interview that his last film left him “overwhelmed with sadness”. This last film is Phantom Thread, an American drama about London's couture world in the ’50s. In the film, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) leads a fastidious lifestyle at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty and movie stars, and changing his lovers almost as frequently as his clothes. Until one day he meets a young and strong-willed woman who becomes his lover and muse.

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Allee, Aréna, Campona and WestEnd. More details

Son of Saul

If you are planning to go and see a Hungarian film this month, it should be Son Of Saul, the first to win an Oscar for Hungary in the Best Foreign Language Film category since István Szabó’s Mephisto. And that is no accident; László Nemes’ directorial debut offers an unforgettable viewing experience as he takes you through the real horrors of the Holocaust. In the film, 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. Watching Son of Saul is a challenge, but a rewarding one.

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original Hungarian audio and English subtitles at the Art+Cinema on February 20th and 26th, in the organization of the Budapest Boulevard Cinema. More details

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

In this darkly comic drama a heartbroken mother rents three billboards leading into her town and paints bold and controversial messages on them directed at the town's revered chief of police, trying to call his attention to her daughter's unsolved murder. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won four Golden Globes and has been nominated for seven Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards.

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Allee, Aréna, Campona and WestEnd. More details

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