Newly reopened Hungarian embassy holds film festival this weekend

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BEFORE CineLatino: Latin America Film Festival is held next week, fans of World Cinema will get to watch four Hungarian films on Dec. 1 and 2, as the Hungarian Embassy to the Philippines present its first Hungarian Film Festival.

With a film industry which traces its roots in the early 20th century, Hungarian cinema produced prominent film producers such as William Fox of Fox Studios and Adolph Zukor of Paramount Pictures, something the Hungarian Embassy to Manila (which reopened just last March) wants to introduce to the Philippine populace.

Among the films to be shown during the two-day film festival — admission is free — is Laszlo Nemes’s Son of Saul (2015), which won Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Award. Set in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, the film follows a day-and-a-half in the life of Saul Ausländer (played by Géza Röhrig), a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, a special forced labor unit made up of prisoners.

Meanwhile, Gabor Herendi’s Kincsem-Bet on Revenge (2016) is a historical drama about the world’s most successful racing horse, while Arpad Sopsits’ Strangled (2016) is a psychological thriller set in post-war Hungary where a series of atrocious murders shock a small town.

Finally — and on a lighter note — is Robert Adrian Pejo’s Paw (2015), a family film about a world-famous rescue dog and his family.

The Hungarian Film Festival will run on Dec. 1 and 2 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City. — ZBC