CineClassics, the film history series of the Jameson CineFest under István Szabó’s patronage pays tribute to the legendary Oscar winner Czech director Jiří Menzel and her magnificent actress Magda Vášáryová with the screening of ‘Cutting It Short’, loved by millions all over the world. The festival also commemorates the Hungarian master Géza Radványi. The director was born 110 years ago while his masterpiece ‘Somewhere in Europe’ has been shot 70 years ago. The world premiere of its digitally re-mastered copy is going to be in Miskolc. Hundreds and thousands quote wisecracks from the 1965 Hungarian comedy ‘The Corporal and Others’. The re-mastered copy makes it to the big screen at CineClassics too – commemorating the great actor Iván Darvas as well, who passed away 10 years ago. The Theatre Museum focuses on the animation director Attila Dargay, while the movie theatre screens ‘The Treasure of Swamp Castle’ and ‘Captain of the Forest’; remembering the director who was born 90 years ago in Miskolc and created Gustav, Pom Pom, Vuk and several other famous characters. We remember the legendary Israeli humorist of Hungarian origin, Ephraim Kishon, by screening the 1969 Golden Globe nominated movie ‘The Big Dig’ and organizing a roundtable discussion. The CineClassics brings the Hungarian premiere of the brand new portrait documentary on the Oscar winner Budapest born production designer, Alexandre Trauner.

After bringing the masterpieces of the western and horror into focus, the CineGenre turns towards the musicals this year. Not only do we bring the best films of the genre (including the French classic ‘The Young Girls of Rochefort’ with Catherine Denevue and Gene Kelly and the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’) but also a roundtable discussion (chairman: György Báron) is going to be held on this genre, labeled outdated by some but experiencing resurrection from time to time. To spark the interest we screen a Hungarian classic ‘Napfény a jégen’and ‘Ezek a fiatalok’ as well, the songs of which are well-known for both the older and the younger generations.


On the 8th of September the festival opens its gate with the screening of ‘Shortcuts’ aka ‘Cutting it Short’ with the director, JiřiMenzel and the leading actress, Magda Vásáryova as special guests. The Academy Award winner director is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Aawrd winner, and the actress and diplomat Vásáryova has been chosen as the recipient of the Europe Award, founded last year. Menzel is one of the most influential figures of the Central European cinema. His first movie ‘Closely Watched Trains’ won the Oscar in 1968. The film ‘Larks on Strings’ shot one year after the Oscar was withheld by censors and released only in 1989 in which year’s Berlinale it won the Golden Bear – something that has been unprecedented before. “Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! That’s what I call original great humor!” – wrote Kunder to Menzel after the premiere of ‘I Served the King of England’. In a country of ten million people, the film attracted more than one million viewer in the Czech Republic in 2006. It was Menzel’s sixth Hrabal-adaptation. In his films comedy, tragedy, sentimentalism, humor and irony plays together in a way that is only the characteristic of the greatest masters. The legendary director of ‘Capricious Summer’, ‘The Snowdrop Festival’, the Oscar nominee ‘My Sweet Little Village’ and the ‘Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin’ has also played in several films – including some Hungarian ones as well. He is also a well-known stage director. The leading actress of ‘Shortcuts’ aka ‘Cutting it Short’, Magda Vásáryova was 19 when she played the leading role in the Czech film, ‘Marketa Lazarova’. The three-hours epic is considered by the critics and film historians one of the European masterpieces of the golden years of the 1960s. A few years back, the premiere of its digitally re-mastered copy has been a true headliner. The actress is not only acknowledged for dozens of great roles but also for her career in politics. After the regime change she became a politician and a diplomat, making it up the being Slovakian presidential candidate. She also served as ambassador and state secretary of foreign affairs. The actress and politician speaks several languages and has a truly European point of view. After Juliette Binoche in 2016, she is named Ambassador of the European Cinema by the 14th Jameson CineFest in 2017.


An Academy Award winner art director from Budapest

CineClassics remembers Alexander Trauner with a brand new portrait documentary. Trauner passed away 24 years ago. The Budapest-born art director was one of the most influential figures in the history of the cinema. During his outstanding carreer he worked with the best directors from Luis Bunuel to Luc Besson. From the 1920s to the 1980s he worked as an art director in some hundred movies.

The festival commemorated the constant partner of Marcel Carné, Orson Welles and Billy Wilder with a conference and an exhibition in 2013. In 2017 a beautiful documentary was made on his carrier in which, among others, Amelie’s Jean –Pierre Jeunet and Bertrand Tavernier share their memories of “Trau” - as he was referred to by his friends.


Jewish humor, Budapest humor or Israeli humor: what is the secret of Ephraim Kishon’s success?

For a long time he was one of the most widely read and most popular comedians of the world. Millions loved his books, watched his plays with joy. His films received dozens of awards, were nominated to Academy Awards and won the Golden Globe twice. Kishon was born in Budapest as Ferenc Hoffmann. Later on he changed his name to Kishont (in Hungary) and Kishon (in Israel). In his works he presents a deeply Jewish and deeply Budapestian picture of the Israeli life with irony and flick and with unparalleled originality and joy. His fatalist, cruelly humorous and honest worldview grabs the attention of all generations. We try to uncover the secrets of his art after the screening of one of his greatest success, the Golden Globe nominee ‘The Big Dig’ (aka ‘Blaumilch Canal’).

Round table about Kishon

Chairman: Báron György

Participants: Janka Barkóczi, Márton Kurutz

In Hungarian.


From the stage to the drawing table

His theatrical background, his studies and his years spent in the National Theatre as an intern all predestined Attila Dargay (1927-2009) to become a man whose life is tied to the theatre, to grow into being a very influential figure of the Hungarian history of theatre and to have a rich and diverse heritage. Still, Dargay realized that his constant need to move, to create cannot be satisfied in a theatrical environment, so he turned to film and animation. As his widow and partner in work, Irén Henrik pointed out in an interview: “His ‘actor’s blood’ has given birth to his drawings, his characters. Through the motions of the character he wanted to show us the personality, the characteristics of the given figure.” That is why the joint exhibition of the Museum of Performing Arts and the CineClassics focuses on his quest to find his own voice. The exhibition that supplements the permanent collection of the museum on Dargay, and the screenings offer a more detailed portrait of the promising stage designer who turned to be a tireless director and animator.

Museum of Performing Arts

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