Festival Of German, Austrian & Swiss Films @ Művész, Until 6 October

  • 27 Sep 2019 11:19 AM
Festival Of German, Austrian & Swiss Films @ Művész, Until 6 October
The Szemrevaló/Eyeful Festival is back for the eighth time in Budapest, sponsored jointly by the Embassy of Switzerland, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Goethe Institute.

Showing at Budapest’s Művész Cinema are the best new films from German-speaking lands, including a number of prizewinners.

Many of the following films can be watched with English subtitles:

In Bicska Maxi against many odds, Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera" became a phenomenal success. The film industry picks up the scent and seeks to make the master direct a film version of his "play with music". Brecht though refuses to play by their rules. While the studio wants to censor the "filth" and tuck at the heart strings to cash in on the success, the author wants to make nothing less than a completely new kind of film.

A socialist critique on capitalism, staged as a conflict between Mack the Knife, a London gangster, and Peachum, the head of the beggars' mafia. And Brecht does not bow down; he takes the producers to court in order to prove that the moneyed interests are prevailing over his right as an author - and the right of the audience.

Provocative, outrageously colorful and merging fact with the fictional and the visionary, Brecht's "true" Threepennyfilm comes to life before the author's eyes. A film that was never made. An artist who challenges the industry and audience alike. A poet directing reality. That has never happened before. This outstanding piece of art will be screened on 6th October at 8.30pm.

The Tobacconist (Trafikos) is based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler. Nikolaus Leytner’s movie is a tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Sigmund Freud is played by Bruno Ganz. It was one of his last roles.

There will be two screenings with English subtitles of this magnificant drama. Tha audience can watch it on 4th October at 7pm and on 6th October at 8pm.


Művész Art Cinema 
1066 Budapest, Teréz krt. 30.


Photo courtesy of organisers.

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