Classics of Hungarian Cinema

Classics of Hungarian Cinema

The homeland of some of the twentieth century’s most distinctive filmmakers, Hungary has an enviable cinema heritage. Explore our collection of Hungarian titles, including important works by Miklós Jancsó, István Szabó, and Zoltán Fábri.

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Classics of Hungarian Cinema
  • My Way Home
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    My Way Home

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    Directed by Miklós Jancsó • 1965 • Hungary

    In the final days of the Second World War, a young Hungarian soldier, Jóska, makes his way home through a landscape riddled with debris and destruction. After he is captured by the occupying Red Army, he forms a bond with the Russian soldier Kolya, desp...

  • Song of the Cornfields

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    Directed by István Szőts • 1948 • Hungary

    A landmark film in Hungarian cinema history, István Szőts’s penultimate feature was banned for more than 30 years before being rehabilitated as a national treasure. Centring on a Hungarian soldier returning from the First World War who marries a woman he...

  • Ants’ Nest
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    Ants’ Nest

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    Directed by Zoltán Fábri • 1971 • Hungary

    Zoltán Fábri’s wickedly allegorical “nunsploitation” classic is a coming-of-age tale, an anticlerical satire, and a political parable wrapped up into one. Adapted from Margit Kaffka’s 1917 novel of the same name, Ants’ Nest is set in convent where the im...

  • Confidence
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    Confidence

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    Directed by István Szabó • 1980 • Hungary

    Arguably the first mature masterpiece from one of Hungary’s greatest auteurs, Confidence is a perfectly controlled study in suspicion and longing. Set in a cowering Budapest in 1944, it follows two strangers forced to pose as a married couple in order t...

  • My Twentieth Century
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    My Twentieth Century

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    Directed by Ildikó Enyedi • 1989 • Hungary

    Ildikó Enyedi’s award-winning debut is a whimsical, satirical allegory for the moral decay of the past hundred years, and a love letter to the magical early years of cinema itself. Born on the day that Edison invents the lightbulb, identical twins Dóra ...

  • We Never Die
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    We Never Die

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    Directed by Róbert Koltai • 1993 • Hungary

    A verifiable cult classic in Hungary, Róbert Koltai’s We Never Die combines bittersweet nostalgia with lively humour and playful dialogue. Set in the socialist 1960s, the film concerns an introverted teenager whose life is turned upside down by a few da...