Tune In!
Music and Cinema: Central European Films

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Pera Film’s Tune In! Music and Cinema: Central European Films program explores the multifarious presence of music in the cinema of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Music is undisputedly one of the most engaging common grounds for different generations and subcultures. This selection of Central European films presented in the framework of the Visegrad Group’s cultural collaboration features musicals, films on music and musicians, and films with stunning musical score embracing music in diverse ways.

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The Double Life of Veronique

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Krzysztof Kieslowski’s international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irène Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher.

Screening Dates:
12 November Saturday /19:00
20 November Sunday /14:00

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The Queen of Silence

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A vivid portrayal of the life of 10-year-old Denisa, a deaf-mute Romany girl who lives for music in a temporary camp on the outskirts of Wroclaw in Poland. Shot over the course of a year, the film documents Denisa’s blissfully naive experience of life and her stunning transformation when her favourite Bollywood music starts.

Screening Dates:
22 November Tuesday / 19:00
25 November Friday / 21:00

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The Insanely Sad Princess
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This is a witty and charming, Pop-Art fairytale featuring Czechoslovak popular cultural icons. The film was shot in 1968. In communist Czechoslovakia the talented filmmakers took refuge from politically problematic films in the genre of fairy-tales, which became extremely celebrated and well known in the Eastern block

Screening Dates:
18 November Friday / 19:00
04 December Sunday /14:00

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Ballad for the Bandit

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This is a touching story of great love, savagery and passion between bandit Nicola Sohaj and beautiful Erzika taking place in Carpathian Ruthenia (the very eastern part of Czechoslovakia after 1918, now Ukraine). The original Eastern songs has been popularized over the years and broadcast on radio.

Screening Dates:
18 November Friday / 21:00
19 November Saturday / 16:00

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Marketa Lazarová
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Based on a novel by Vladislav Vančura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence.

Screening Dates:
19 November Saturday / 13:00
03 December Saturday / 18:00

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The Copper Tower

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An adventure romance of three men and one woman set in the splendid scenery of the High Tatra. Three friends work at a mountain chalet during the summer season. Upon its premiere the film was seen by many and even today it ranks among the most popular Slovak motion pictures.

Screening Dates:
20 November Sunday / 16:00
26 November Saturday / 14:00

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Balaton Method
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This documentary journey, which explores the landscape surrounding Hungary’s largest lake and its recreational resorts, includes live concert footage of seventeen local bands – well-established names and newcomers to the music scene alike. This independent musical road film shot around Lake Balaton is the first Hungarian feature-length film financed through a crowd-funding campaign.

Screening Dates:
19 November Saturday / 18:00
04 December Sunday / 17:00

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All That I Love
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This story of youth, romance, passion and protest is also a coming-of-age drama, set in Poland of the 1980s – a period of political turmoil, involving the communist system, the Solidarity movement for change, and martial law.

Screening Dates:
20 November Sunday / 18:00
26 November Saturday / 19:00

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Birds, Orphans and Fools

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Ranked among one of the best Slovak films by Slovak and Czech film critics, Juraj Jakubisko’s long-repressed tale of love, death and insanity focuses on the unconventional relationship between two men and a Jewish orphan girl as they travail a war-torn landscape of bombed-out churches and wrecked homes. Forty-years on, it remains, both politically and formally, one of the most radical films of the Czechoslovak New Wave.

Screening Dates:
25 November Friday / 19:00
03 December Saturday / 14:00

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The Return of Dragon

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This is a ballad about love, hate, and a search for a way out of loneliness. It is a dramatic and earthy story about the strange potter, nicknamed Dragon, who is suspected by the villagers as the cause of natural disasters. This is not a simple ethnographic probe to anthropology of Slovaks but a modern, refined film work, one of the best of Slovak cinema.

Screening Dates:
23 November Wednesday / 19:00
02 December Friday / 20:00

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Johnny Corncob

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Johnny Corncob is a 1973 Hungarian animated adventure film directed by Marcell Jankovics. It tells the story of a young man who goes on an adventure as a soldier, while longing to be reunited with the woman he loves.

Screening Dates:
30 November Wednesday / 19:00
03 December Saturday / 12:00

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Stephen the King

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The Stephen the King is an iconic Hungarian rock-opera composed by Levente Szörényi and Lajos Bródy based on the life of Saint Stephen of Hungary. The show was first staged in 1983. The opera is based on actual historical events, yet treats them quite freely. In the late 10th century, Géza, ruling prince (fejedelem) of the pagan Magyar (Hungarian) people recognized that his people would not have a future if they did not found a Christian state.

Screening Dates:
02 December Friday / 18:00
03 December Saturday / 16:00

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