Hungarian Film Festival Begins TONIGHT + What’s On This Week

9th September, 2019

Canberra’s inaugural Hungarian Film Festival begins this week at the ANU Film Group!

Proudly presented with the Embassy of Hungary, this seven-day festival of contemporary and classic Hungarian cinema kicks off tonight with ETERNAL WINTER, the untold true story of more than 700,000 Hungarians who were imprisoned in Soviet labour camps during WWII.

We hope you will join us for this opportunity to see films rarely seen on the big screen in Canberra. Check out the full line-up of films – ranging from historical blockbusters to action-thrillers and family fare – below or at

• MON 9 SEP @ 7:30 PM: ETERNAL WINTER (110 mins)

As WWII draws to a close, two prisoners find unlikely love at a Soviet labour camp in this untold story based on true events.

• TUE 10 SEP @ 7:30 PM: KINCSEM – BET ON REVENGE (121 mins)

In the late 1800s, a man seeks redemption on the racetrack in this blockbuster film based on the true story of the most successful race horse in history.

• WED 11 SEP @ 7:30 PM: THE WHISKEY BANDIT (126 mins)

Police in Budapest are baffled by a string of non-violent robberies over six years in the 1990s, with no clues but the scent of whiskey left lingering at the scene.

• THU 12 SEP @ 7:30 PM: MOSCOW SQUARE (88 mins)

In 1989, a group of students contemplate life after high school against the backdrop of political upheaval and the end of Communism in Hungary.

• FRI 13 SEP @ 7:30 PM: LILI (85 mins)

In 1956, a young mother flees Hungary in the midst of a revolution. Decades later, she reveals to her daughter a history of abandonment and family tragedy. Followed by Q&A with with cinematographer Zoltan Vladucz and local film historian Andrew Pike.

• SAT 14 SEP @ **3 PM**: VUK – THE LITTLE FOX (74 mins)

An orphaned young fox must learn to live alone in this moving Hungarian animated film that has been beloved for generations.

• SUN 15 SEP @ **3 PM**: CAT CITY (96 mins)

In this animated sci-fi/spy parody, a lone mouse embarks on a mission to save his civilisation from a criminal syndicate of cats determined to destroy them.

** All screenings are FREE and open to everyone (no membership, registration or tickets required). **


If you’re ‘Hungary’ for more than Hungarian cinema this week, we still have two other films screening on Saturday evening: a re-telling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from a new point of view and a behind-the-scenes look at the life of Michael Hutchence.

• SAT 14 SEP @ 7:30 PM: OPHELIA (M, 106 mins) + MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE (M, 102 mins)

View Shakespeare's Hamlet from a different point of view in OPHELIA, when the Queen's most trusted lady-in-waiting (Daisy Ridley) finds herself embroiled in political intrigue after falling for the young Prince of Denmark. Also starring Naomi Watts and Clive Owen.

Then, in MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE (at approx. 9:15 PM), take an intimate look behind the curtain at the private life of the late INXS frontman, combining rare footage with insights from those who knew him best.