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See outdoor films for free in the heart of Budapest


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15/08/2019 7.17pm

The largest cinema screen in Hungary will be used for free, open-air showings of digitally restored vintage Hungarian and international films, backdropped by the Basilica – all part of the Budapest Classics Film Marathon. Organised between 4-11 September by the Hungarian National Film Archive, the event will feature personal appearances by movie music master Michael Nyman and French actor/director Pierre Richard, among others.

For the third year running, the Hungarian National Film Archive is showcasing a raft of revered movies as part of the Budapest Classics Film Marathon. Among the many host venues around town – the Uránia National Film Theatre, the Toldi cinema, the Puskin cinema and the French Institute – Szent István tér by the Basilica will be the open-air arena for six screenings, all of which are free to see.

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Alongside the films, there will be workshops, musical events, documentary screenings and poster exhibitions, and guest appearances by the likes of Michael Nyman and German actor Udo Kier. The series starts on 4 September with a celebration of Hungarian film producer Andy Vajna and a screening of his hit movie, Evita. All films being shown in Hungarian will have English subtitles.

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Look out, too, for a showing of Dziga Vertov’s pioneering silent film from 1929, Ember a felvevőgéppel, for which world-renowned composer Michael Nyman wrote the score. Nyman will be making a personal appearance at the screening on 9 September.

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