Wroclaw Era New Horizons film festival presents a special programme prepared by Hungarian film critics and presenting the achievements of the Hungarian New Wave of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including a mini-retrospective of Miklós Jancsó and Balázs Béla Studio’s shorts.

Poland’s biggest summer film event – The 9th International Film Festival ERA NEW HORIZONS, being held in Wrocław between 23rd July and 2nd August 2009 will present original works which reach beyond the borders of conventional cinema – as every year. The Festival’s goal is to present uncompromising, creative and extraordinary films from all over the world, made by artists who search for a new film language and original forms, who address issues missing from mainstream cinema.

Hungarian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s

The review is organised in cooperation with the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw. The selection will present 20 of the most interesting films of the time when the Hungarian cinema was outstanding in comparison not only to other European works but to the entire world cinema. An important part of this section will be a mini-retrospective of Miklós Jancsó – the greatest visionary among the artist of this trend, whose trilogy of terror drew international critics’ attention to Hungarian cinema. Besides this, we will present 15 films by other directors who created the so-called Hungarian new wave: Zoltán Fábri, István Szabó, Ference Kardos, András Kovács, Károly Makk, Márta Mészáros and others. The works will be selected together by Hungarian film critics and the festival’s organisers.
The late 1950s and the 1960s saw several fascinating film trends developing in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. This artistic upheaval was initiated by the Polish Film School, followed by the triumphs of the Czech School and the Hungarian New Wave, with cinemas finally screening works by Mikhail Romm’s students and the Yugoslavs of the ‘black wave’.

Golden Era of Hungarian Cinema – film list with screening schedule

The Golden age of Hungarian cinema in the 1960s and 1970s was an extraordinary time for cinema. Andrzej Werner describes a situation we can hardly imagine now: crowds of people going to see a film almost exclusively for its aesthetical value, without tempting advertisements or posters. Very often, there were simply no advertisements or posters. In the planned book the fascinating phenomenon of Hungarian films of those times is discussed by critics of the young and middle-aged generation: Lorant Stohr (about the documentary trend), Balazs Varga (about the Hungarian new wave of the 1960s and new generation of the 1970s), Gabor Gelencser (about the Hungarian original and creative cinema) and Gyorgy Baron (about the leading representative of the “golden age” of the Hungarian cinema – Miklos Janco). The critical essays are matched by two historical descriptions of how Hungarian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s was perceived in Poland and in the former Czechoslovakia, written by Andrzej Werner and Radim Valak.

Discussion with the Hungarians

moderated by Paweł T. Felis, film critic of Gazeta Wyborcza at 16:00 in Cafe Teatr Lalek on 30 July
Golden Era of Hungarian Cinema – guests: Éva Vezér, Loránt Stőhr, Lívia Gyarmathy, Pál Sándor, András Kovács, Sándor Sára, Sebestyén Kodolányi, Rafał Syska, Jan Topolski and others.

via Magyar Filmunió