Hungarian Film Night: Bolse Vita

Hungary was one of the more liberal countries in the socialist bloc, with free-market elements being introduced as early as 1968. In the 1980s, opposition groups were legalised and elections with multiple candidates were allowed in 1985. The protests which started in 1988, the victory of reformists from the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party and the strengthening of the opposition created a basis for radical reforms, and as soon as the autumn of the following year the Third Hungarian Republic was declared. The Hungarian drama Bolse Vita focuses on social changes in the period of transition in society. What kind of challenges did citizens face in post-communist Hungary, and how did people with different backgrounds and mother tongues react to these changes?  

The film will be introduced by director of "Bolse Vita" Ms Ibolya Fekete.

Bolse Vita  
Drama, 1995 (97 min)
Director: Ibolya Fekete
Language: Hungarian, with English subtitles  

1989 is a euphoric year of Eastern European political transition, with an intoxicating state of unexpected freedom and unlimited possibilities. Szergej is an engineer who is trading in knives at the Comecon market in order to save money to go west. Jurij and Vagyim are musicians who feel perfectly at home in Hungary. Erzsi is a Russian language teacher who rents out her apartment to Russians. Two English girls are simple interested in the world: here and now everything is allowed. They all visit the alternative pub Bolse Vita in the evenings. Suddenly everything changes: the Mafia is here. Szergej is killed. Jura and Maggie get married and leave for Britain. Bolse Vita is now a sex shop.  

The event is free of charge.  
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The event is being supported by the Hungarian Institute.

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