Documentary Movie Portfolio

Cinema Inferno, documentary 2014

By 1949, Hungary was again plunged into darkness. Mátyás Rákosi, the all-powerful ruler of the country, prepared the largest and most spectacular show trial of the time at the behest of the Soviets. However, the huge play required not only screenwriters and actors, but also cinematographers and directors.

Pit Stop, documentary 2017

“Workaholism” is an increasingly dangerous addiction of our age. Emerging from an educational system based heavily on performance, people move into the workplace with a built-in drive to get as far as they can as quickly as they can. And before they know it, they are dedicating all their time and energy to work. And those who pursue this path too keenly and for too long eventually end up facing “burnout syndrome”. Is it possible to escape the rat race? How late is too late? This film seeks answers to these questions.

The Banffy’s, documentary 2017

The Hungarian aristocracy of Transylvania suffered its worst blow at the beginning of the 20th century, when Romania gained control of Transylvania after the First World War, and most of its members fled to mother Hungary. Then the Second World War came along making it necessary to flee further still to new homes in Rome, Tangiers, London, Paris or New York. This film sets out to see what remains of this rich inheritance, and how modern-day descendents look back on the land of their forefathers.

Unwinnable Match, documentary 2019

In 1958, the state defense issued a warrant against the footballer with the pseudonym Vándor, because he defected as a major of the People’s Army and supported the „counter-revolution” with his behavior. Behind the pseudonym was none other than Ferenc Puskás, one of the most brilliant soccer players of all time.

Our documentary set itself the goal of presenting the sports-related events of the 1950s from a new perspective, especially the relationship between athletes and power, the events that took place before/during/after the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, and the events that At the end of the year, Czibor, Kocsis and Puskás, the stars of the Golden Team, ended up in Spain.

Although the most important events, twists and turns and information are known to everyone, there is still a lot of new information waiting to be discovered. Not all of them are important enough to be included in a sixty-minute documentary, in some cases they are only small colorful bits of information, trivia, such as this new chapter related to Puskas.

Emlékezet / Memory, documentary 2020

The starting point of the film is the revolutionary discovery by Hungarian researchers of a pathway of memory traces between the hippocampus and the frontal lobe.

The theme of our film is the evolution of human memory and the brain that distinguishes us from other mammals. In parallel, we present Google’s DeepMind project, the similarites, pathways between AI (artificial intelligence) and humans.

Flow, documentary 2015

This film was inspired by the book “Flow”, written by the Hungarian émigré Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. The model suggested by Csíkszentmihály aims at uncovering the secret of true happiness in a book loved many around the globe. His hypothesis states that a varied selection if activities (work, art, play, study) and impulses can create a sensation that he simply calls “flow”. This film follows the spark of his original as it smoulders, sizzles and eventually bursts into fabulous flames.

Crime unpunished, documentary 2010

Béla Biszku was one of the leaders of the reprisals after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence. As Minister of the Interior, he led the purges and bloody crackdown on freedom fighters. Since the democratic change of regime, Béla Biszku has lived in seclusion and has never spoken about his past actions. The film’s two creators donned disguises and, as enthusiastic locals, rang the bell to the once-feared interior minister. Luring out the retaliator hiding in retreat has shed light to the inner workings of his mind, and how he copes with the past. Watch our multiple award film.

Black Goldrush, documentary 2015

A handful of wily criminals stumbled upon a loophole in legislation and began the business of oil bleaching. Storage tanks excavated from the sandy soil of the Hungarian Plain were used to “wash” millions of litres of fuel. Those with their wits about them were soon able to sit back and enjoy their ill-gotten gains, while the less successful got locked behind bars for their sins. The Wild West – Hungarian style!

Other works

Potrait movie of István Jelenits, Hungarian Piarist monk and theologian

The second fifty years of the more than one hundred year history of the Hungarian animated film are inextricably intertwined with the life story of Ferenc Mikulás, one of the most prominent studio heads of Hungarian film production, and the animation film studio in Kecskemét, which bears his name.

Movie on contemporary hungarian Innovations, documentary

 

Talk with Stuart Russell, professor at the University of Berkeley, discussing AI, machines and the future

A TV movie on the battle of Écs, 1956

Military schools and battle in Budapest. Resistance again communist state order, prison. Corvin Lane and escape. New beginnings in France. Jenő Sujánszky’s life story in many ways reflects the fate of Hungary in the 20th century.

This documentary film looks at the heroism of a forgotten Hungarian officer known as Captain László Ocskay, whose extraordinary humanitarian actions saved 2,500 men, women and children from certain death in the worst years of the Second World War in Hungary.

The illegal oil industry had grown to industrial proportions in Hungary by the second half of the 90s and very soon attracted the attention of professional criminals, who thought their links to prominent politicians and the intelligence authorities made them untouchable.

At the end of the 80s, a handful of young people decided to leave the hustle and bustle of the modern world and start a new life in the country. One group went to Gyűrűfű and established an organic farm, and another group went to Visnyaszéplak, where they tried to create a working village community. This film visits them a good ten years on. This is the first episode of a series following the lives of different small hungarian villages.

The population of the Earth is hourly larger than that of a small city, while due to global warming and environmental pollution there is less and less land that can be used for agriculture. Can the food industry keep pace with growing consumption, and at what cost? Will there be enough food on everyone’s table in twenty years?

https://youtu.be/HcRvxszsNm4

February of 2012 saw Hungarian police arrest a list of Hungarian football players and it was also around this time that a leading sports manager took his own life. Everyone was stunned by this unexpected tragedy. Two reporters started to investigate, but what they uncovered about Hungarian football was much more shocking than either of them had ever imagined.

This film presents the story of a revolutionary invention by the Hungarian architectural engineer Áron Losonczi: glass concrete.

The end of the 80s saw life drain from provincial villages as people moved to seek work in larger towns and cities, and many of these villages were appointed a warden, whose job is to oversee everything from the kindergarten to the cemetery.

Documentary film about the 1938 Eucharistic Congress in Budapest

In Part 1, these excellent investigative reporters caused a massive scandal when they managed to find the man living in the Serbian region of Vojvodina, who was involved in match-fixing in Hungary between 2001 and 2005. The mafia’s betting sheet not only included local championship games but also international cup matches and games involving the national side. The network of intrigue and fraudulent match-fixing moved far beyond Hungary’s borders, and had a list of well-known players set firmly in its sights. The investigation continues.

A movie on the voluntary student work of hungarian high schoolers

Our film follows the young Hungarian politician, Baron Ede Atzél, who disappeared in December 1944.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFVwHiM1DeI

 

Potrait movie of Attila Szigethy

A documentary on fatherhood, in coversation with hungarian actors.

On October 23rd 1956, the demonstration organized by Budapest-based university students, became a general protest in the whole country, then a freedom fight supported by the vast majority of Hungarians. The revolutionaries demanded the Soviet occupants to go home, the holding democratic elections, and the re-establishment of all human and civil rights. For a while it seemed as though the generally trusted reform-communist Imre Nagy and his coalition government are capable of leading the country out of the Soviet sphere of influence. But Moscow didn’t let this happen: on the dawn of November 4th , the Soviet army started a vast attack against Budapest and broke down the desperate uprising in a series of bloody battles.

A movie about calvinists after the tragedy and times of the Trianon peace treaty.