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Why Hungary?

Wed, 09.05. / 7 PM, Metropol 3

Retrospective Béla Balázs Stúdió

The Studio Béla Balázs offers a platform to graduates of the Film Academy Baden-Württmemberg. By including representatives of other genres – among them visual artists or composers who started making films here – it became the centre of film experiments in Hungary. This experimental line thus became a central focus at the Béla Balázs Stúdió.

Fri, 11.05. / 5 PM, Metropol 3

40 years of Kecskemétfilm

The 40-year-old animation studio of Kecskemét makes animated films, television series and animated feature films for both children and adults. We made a part of our films in British, French and German co-productions. We compiled the selection showcased now from the short films of the studio. The preservation of Hungarian folklore and cultural historical traditions and their passing on with modern tools have been always important for the directors working here (Minstrels, Apocrypha). The studio’s artists reacted sensitively to the social conditions that were forced upon us by the Soviet occupation (Chess, Easter Greetings, Door 9, Court Record - In Memoriam Péter Mansfeld). In addition, the experimentation with the language format of this genre meant a joyful activity for several directors (Come to the Clearing, Pure Image, Echo). We not only made television series for children, but also short films. The film shown now, titled How Can You Frighten a Lion?, was the film that gave the idea for a television series titled Leo and Fred. One of the most recent endeavours of the studio is to also define our message in 3D (Thoughts from the Cellar, Purple). It is joyful for us that after 30 years – following the invitation of the festival director at that time, Professor Ade – we can be present again at the event of the partner festival of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival, at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film. Thank you for the opportunity!


Ferenc Mikulás, Director of Kecskemétfilm Ltd. and of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival

Fri, 11.5. / 7 PM, Metropol 3

Why Hungary?
History of Hungarian Animation Film

A Brief Overview of Golden Age Hungarian Animation

The following film overview of the Hungarian animation surely provides you with a lively and impressive depiction of the socialist era over the Iron Curtain while the relevance and validity of the very best of Hungarian animation short film history have not become outdated during the past decades. more


History of Hungarian Animation Film 1

  • 01 CERUZA ÉS RADÍR (PENCIL AND INDIA RUBBER), Gyula Macskássy, 1960, 10 min.
  • 02 SZVIT,  Zsolt Richly, 1969, 7 min.
  • 03 KONCERTISSZIMÓ (CONCERTISSIMO), József Gémes, 1968, 4 min.
  • 04 DISZLÉPÉS (PARADE), József Gémes, 1970, 5 min.
  • 06 CA IRA, György Kovásznai, 1973, 11 min.
  • 07 HÉ, TE! (HEY, YOU!), Péter Szoboszlay, 1976, 8 min.
  • 09 ÚJ LAKÓK (NEW TENANTS), Líviusz Gyulai, 1977, 9 min.
  • 10 BABFILM (SCENES WITH BEANS), Ottó Foky, 1975, 12 min.

Fri, 11.05. / 8 PM, Musikhalle Ludwigsburg

Music & Animation Concert

Béla Bartók's "The Miraculous Mandarin" and other works

After the success of last year’s Lotte Reiniger concert at Musikhalle Ludwigsburg as part of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film we are pleased to offer another musical delight for the fans of music and animation at this year’s festival. The Oscar nominated Hungarian animation filmmaker Géza M. Tóth developed his own animated visualisation for the renowned musical piece "The Miraculous Mandarin" by Béla Bartók – played live and in real-time. The Hungarian pianists Rita Melem and Benjamin Zsoldos (Pécs) will take a chance at this masterpiece – composed and premiered as a ballet in 1926 and, due to its frivolity, subsequently cancelled by the former mayor of Cologne Konrad Adenauer – on two pianos. As a piece for two pianos “The Miraculous Mandarin” ranks among the most sophisticated piano pieces of the early 20th century. At the beginning of the Béla Bartók Animation & Music night, the animation filmmaker Géza M. Tóth will introduce his artistic works and selected animated films.

In the middle part, the pianists will play three works by Bartók:

Rita Melem: "Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs"

Benjamin Zsoldos: "Sonata"

Rita Melem und Benjamin Zsoldos: selected pieces from "Mikrokosmos"


Supported by MFG Baden-Württemberg, Filmförderung and the City of Ludwigsburg

Sat, 12.05. / 9 PM, Metropol 3

Why Hungary?


History of Hungarian Animation Film 2

  • 01 A NAP ÉS A HOLD ELRABLÁSA (KIDNAPPING OF THE SUN AND THE MOON), Sándor Reisenbüchler, 1968, 12 min.
  • 02 AD ASTRA, Ferenc Cakó, 1983, 2 min.
  • 03 FÉNYEK VIRRADAT ELÖTT (LIGHTS BEFORE DAWN), Sándor Békési, 1985, 4 min. 04 MOTO PERPETUO Béla Vajda, 1981, 8 min.
  • 05 SISYPHUS, Marcell Jankovics, 1974, 2 min.
  • 06 AB OVO, Ferenc Cakó, 1988, 7 min.
  • 07 KÜZDÖK (FIGHT), Marcell Jankovics, 1977, 3 min.
  • 08 ISTEN VELED, KIS SZIGET! (FAREWELL, LITTLE ISLAND), Sándor Reisenbüchler, 1987, 13 min.
  • 09 A SZÉL (THE WIND), Csaba Varga, 1985, 7 min.
  • 10 A LÉGY (THE FLY), Ferenc Rofusz, 1981, 5 min.
  • 11 VIGYÁZAT LÉPCSÖ! (MIND THE STEPS!), István Orosz, 1989, 6 min.