A rare highlight of the spring shutdown was the stream of movies broadcast by Budapest Film, a welcome move that continued all summer. Now that recently imposed restrictions call for online cinema once again, here are the film festivals and daily screenings to look out for.
With Budapest’s places of entertainment closed for the time being, the good news is that cinemas are still offering films for 990-1,300 forints to be watched in the comfort of our own homes. Details about upcoming features and events can be found here (Hungarian-only).
The 18th Italian Film Festival is currently showing a number of films that have never been released in Hungary before. Remote Cinema (‘Távmozi’) is also making up for all of the screenings that had to be cancelled due to the previous lockdown at the Puskin. As part of the European Cinema Night, the new version of the film Berlin Alexanderplatz will be shown on 18 November, in German and English, with Hungarian subtitles. Another exciting online event, the Budapest Jewish and Israeli Film Festival with a number of English-friendly films, kicks off on 24 November, with tickets already available. The Anilogue International Animation Festival offers a warm-up on 21 November with a special selection of award-winning animations, while the festival itself runs between 25 and 29 November.
Forum Kino shares two films online for free: The Wall in German on 17 November, as well as a real children’s Christmas film, A Horse on the Balcony, in Hungarian, on 15 December. The Goethe-Institut also joins in on the fun, screening Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s original adaptation of Berlin Alexanderplatz from 11 to 13 December in German, with English subtitles, as well as Hi, Al with Hungarian subtitles on 23 November. In addition to feature films and animations, documentaries will also make an appearance: the Finnish Film Club series starts in December. Viewers of Távmozi’s regular schedule will encounter unique works such as the Hungarian film Szép csendben (‘On the Quiet’), with English subtitles.