WHITE PALMS, ADRIENN PÁL, HUNKY BLUES, PUSKÁS HUNGARY – BOZAR, Brussels’ Centre for Fine Arts hosts the Belgian premiere of highly acclaimed Hungarian films in "Cinema Troika".
To coincide with the Belgian presidency of the UE, Belgium's French-speaking Community, the Flemish Community, and BOZAR CINEMA presents a weekend devoted to contemporary films from Belgium, Spain, and Hungary. The weekend, entitled “Cinema Troika”, will open on Friday 22 October with a preview of Beyond the Steppes by the young Belgian director Vanja d'Alcantara. A symbolic starting point, as her film has been equally co-produced by Belgium's two main linguistic Communities.
Over the next two days there will be a particular focus on young directors. Throughout the weekend, audiences will be offered a selection of films by contemporary directors from the three countries. Overall, there will be no fewer than 20 screenings, with a wide range of genres, both fiction and documentary; many of these will be followed by an encounter with the director.
Four highly acclaimed Hungarian films are on show.
White Palms by Szabolcs Hajdu
Sunday 24.10.2010 14:00 / Centre for Fine Arts / Hall M
Miklos is a leading Hungarian gymnast, who had to abandon his career after a serious injury. When the film opens, he has moved to Canada, where he has got a job as a trainer with the national team. In particular, he is given the job of looking after a young prodigy with a difficult character, in order to prepare him for the next world cup. While he is doing this job, increasingly intrusive memories take him back to his own story and we see the mistreatment inflicted on him as a young boy by a particularly sadistic trainer.
Adrienn Pál by and in the presence of Ágnes Kocsis
Sunday 24.10.2010 18:00 / Centre for Fine Arts / Hall M
Piroska, an obese nurse, has become impervious to everything, but she just cannot resist cream cakes. She works in palliative care; death is an everyday experience for her. One day she goes looking for a childhood pal whom she has not seen for many years, undertaking a journey through her own memory and the memories of those she meets.
Hunky Blues by Péter Forgács
Sunday 24.10.2010 16:00 / Centre for Fine Arts / Studio
This documentary by Péter Forgács traces the story of thousands of Hungarians who emigrated to the United States between 1890 and 1921, at a time when cinema was in its infancy. The film evokes the difficult experience of arrival and the life of immigrants in their host country and shows how their descendants have been able to make a reality of their "American dream". The director has used archives dating back to the beginnings of US cinema, photographs, and interviews in a unique, experimental way of narrating the story of immigration.
Puskás Hungary by Tamás Almási
Sunday 24.10.2010 20:00 / Centre for Fine Arts / Studio
A moving portrait of the legendary footballer Ferenc Puskás, up to the moment he decides to flee his homeland. Puskás remained very popular in Hungary, as well as abroad (in Spain, Greece, etc.) His skills as a footballer enabled him to travel all over the world and made him one of the world's most famous Hungarians.