Summer usually means music festivals but film buffs can also find entertainment to their liking with showings of Hungarian, Chinese and French films (with English sub-titles) over the next few days.
Hungarian classics from the 1960s to the 21st century are screened until Sunday at Örökmozgó Cinema. Growing up after 1956 (Time Stands Still, Friday at 6pm) or in 1989 (Moscow Square, Friday 8pm), the trials of Hungary’s most famous dike-keeper (The Witness, Saturday at 6pm) and those of Budapest’s ticket inspectors (Kontroll, Saturday at 8pm), how to be Romeo in an urban ghetto (The District, Sunday at 6pm) and to retell Hungary’s post-war history with a soldier, a speed-eater and a taxidermist (Taxidermia, Sunday at 8pm) are the various themes of this crash-course on Hungarian cult films.
China takes over at Uránia Theatre next Tuesday and Wednesday with 8 recent films on offer. Full Circle (Szárnyaló Öregek Otthona), a comedy featuring elderly people seeking to escape from their nursing home, opens with a showing at 6.45pm on Tuesday and at 10am on Wednesday.
The remaining films are shown on Wednesday, starting with Mother (Anya), a drama set after the famines of the 1960s (9.30am), and continuing with One Mile Above (A Hegy Körül), a cyclists’ tale in Tibet (10am), I Do (Igen, Akarom), a romantic comedy featuring two men and a woman (1.45pm), The Monkey King – Uproar in Heaven (A Majomkirály – Nagy Felfordulás az Égi Palotában), an animated film based on Chinese myths (2pm), The Great Magician (A Nagy Mágus), a drama set in the warlord-ruled China of the early 1900s (2.30pm), Love is Not Blind (A Szerelem Nem Vak), a romantic comedy (5pm), and Aftershock (A Tengshani Földrengés), a family drama set between the earthquakes of 1976 and 2008 (6pm).
The films are screened in Chinese with English subtitles and are free.
Weekly open-air film screenings in Margit Island’s Holdudvar feature French films. This week’s offering on 2 July is Another Woman’s Life, a comedy drama about an amnesiac mother.
The screenings run throughout July on Mondays at 9pm, in French with English subtitles.
Hungarian classics at Örökmozgó Cinema
District VII, Erzsébet körút 39
Until Sunday. Single tickets cost HUF 1,200 and five-film passes HUF 5,000, available at the box office.
Full programme (in English) at www.facebook.com/events/245497525565110/
Chinese Film Days at Uránia Theatre
District VIII, Rákóczi út 21
Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 July. Free entrance
Programme (in Hungarian) at kinaifilmnapok.hu
French films in Holdudvar
District XII, Margitsziget (Margit Island)
Monday 2 July, 9pm, then every Monday at 9pm throughout July. HUF 800. Programme at www.funzine.hu/category/culture/french-film-club/ (in English).