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Thursday | 17 May 2012 | 7pm
Hungarian Cultural Centre 10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

FILM CLUB
In memoriam Dezső Garas

Football of the good old days (Régi idők focija) (dir. Pál Sándor, 1973)

We need a team! Ede Minarik, owner of a laundry, has a dream. To have a team, the Csabagyöngye SC. And that team needs to get to the premier league. The film truly represents a huge part of the Hungarian society in the middle of the 1920s. Ede has a dream and he is ready to sacrifice everything to make his dream come true. As a sign of a desperate life, his dream became his obsession, he gives up his job, his marriage and his life to create something gorgeous in an environment where one of the most common questions is 'Why and for what do we live?'.

The film has an ambience and style of the old silent films. Director Pál Sándor succeeded to create an outstanding real pearl in the Hungarian Film history. Elemér Ragályi was the cinematographer on Expedition of Retribution and the director of photography of every Pál Sándor film. Ragályi had become a master of the hand-held camera and sensitive, psychologically expressive lighting while working on Béla Balázs Studio documentaries.

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Thursday 19 April 2012, 7pm
Hungarian Cultural Centre

Film Club

Puskás, Hungary (dir. Tamás Almási, 2009)
Followed by a Q & A with the director


"For me he is always going to be the greatest among the best, among other things for the way he was able to pick himself up after losing the world championship final, the way he survived the trauma of leaving his homeland to start a new life from zero somewhere else, and to become known as "Speedy Major" worldwide. (Dr Pierre Huth)

Tamás Almási's documentary film about Ferenc Puskás tells the story of the great Hungarian legend of the 20th century without fictionalizing it. His story though reads like something out of Hollywood: he was born and raised in a poor suburb near Budapest. He finds himself a wife from the middle-class neighborhood of Kispest and goes on to become a highly admired international football star, receiving hundreds of telegrams in every hotel he stays at around the globe. A celebrity who – irrespective of politics, war and society's conventions – does what he does best: plays football.

The documentary Puskás, Hungary at its international festival debut won Best Documentary in the 'Time of History' section at the 54 Valladolid International Film Festival in October 2009. First Prize in the 'Time of History' section: 'For its outline of history not only of Hungary but also of Europe using a popular legend, the footballer Puskás, and for the remarkable cinematographic values in the film's use of archival material and testimonies.' It also won the Audience Choice Award at the Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival and won the Hungarian Film Critics Award in 2009. In 2010 it won the Best Documentary Award at the 41st Hungarian Film Week.

Tamás Almási, who will be in attendance, was born in 1948 in Székesfehérvár, is a highly acclaimed documentary film director, script writer and cameraman, who has made more than 30 feature-length documentaries, which were shown in more than 40 countries around the globe. Tamás Almási has also been Associate Professor at the University of Film and Drama in Budapest since 2007. Some of his outstanding documentaries include: Puskás Hungary (2009), Márió, a varázsló (2008), Sejtjeink (2001), Szívügyem (1996), Miénk a gyár (1993), Circus maximus (1980), Ballagás (1980). Tamás Almási has also won numerous awards which include the Merited Artist of the Hungarian Republic in 2005, the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic Knight's Cross in 2002, the Pulitzer Prize in Hungary in 1999, the Award for Hungarian Culture in 1998 and the Balázs Béla Award in 1995.

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Thursday 22 March 2012, 7pm
Hungarian Cultural Centre
10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA 

FILM CLUB 
6:3, or Play it Again, Tutti! (dir. Péter Tímár, 1998)
IN HUNGARIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

HCC's regular Film Club returns with a captivating feature film about the most historic football match ever - Hungary v England in 1953 with the now emblematic finishing score of 6:3.

The greatest football match of the century, England versus Hungary, started at 3:15 on November 25, 1953. For months, a whole country had been looking forward to this date and now they had all gathered around their radios. The Golden Team was going to play against the English, who had never been beaten at home... A few minutes before the start, however, a man appears and spoils it all by announcing the goals in advance. He is always right. He calls himself Tutti. No one knows him or where he comes from. He runs from one place to the other, but since he cannot keep his mouth shut, he is always thrown out. Soon he has to flee, for State Security finds out about him. He has two helpers, Helén, the street-cleaner, who takes pity on him and hides him in her trash can and Halmi the bar musician, Helén's ex-fiancée. And while these three are hiding, the match of the century goes on. But how does he know the goals? And what will happen to him? To them? To us? The film is ninety minutes long, just like the broadcast. Is this enough for Tutti to re-write his story?

Watch a little taster from the film here - a great song by great artists 'Jaj, a Helén!'

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Friday 17 February 2012, 6.15pm
FREEDOM'S FURY at Ready Steady Doc!

EUNIC London's Sports Documentary Film Festival
Ciné Lumiére
17 Queensberry Place, SW7 2DT London, United Kingdom

Freedom's Fury is an award winning feature documentary produced by Quentin Tarantino about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the 'Bloodiest Game in Olympic History.' This hard-hitting film tells the story of the fateful moment in 1956 when Hungary explodes in a people power revolt, which climaxes in the infamous water polo showdown between Hungary and the Soviets at the Melbourne Olympics. Known as the 'Blood in the Water Match,' the documentary follows the journey of the Hungarian Olympic water polo team, who find themselves at the centre of one of the most politicized sports match ever played.

Followed by a Q&A with György Kárpáti, three-time Olympic water polo champion from the 1956 team, Colin Gray and Megan Raney, directors of Freedom's Fury, and Szilveszter Fekete, head coach of the senior Great Britain women water polo team.

£5, conc. £3
For tickets call 020 7871 3515 or visit www.europeandocfestival.org.uk

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