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Tryst with Hungary

THE HUNGARIAN film festival was held recently in the city. The festival was inaugurated by Dr.Alice Radnoti, director, Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi. In her inaugural address she said both Hungary and India share a warm relationship. "One can see a little bit of Hungary in the films in this festival. This will give a birds eye view of our beautiful country'', she said. Mr.R.Benjamin Cheriah presided. Mr.Thangaraj welcomed the gathering.

The film "Sacra Corona" traces the history of Hungary. The cast includes Franco Nero, Pal Oberfrank, Attila Szarvas and Peter Horkay. The story starts after the death of the king. A civil war breaks out. Two brothers, on the advice of the Bishop, rule the country together. The younger brother, Laszlo, creates an image of King (Saint) Stephen and places the crown above all royal rulers. Thus the Sacra Corona - Saint Crown - has become the symbol of Hungary. The film, directed by Gabor Koltay, is gripping.

``Glamour'' by Frigyes Godros, takes us to a family shop. The head of the family is in love with a German girl. As he is of Semitic origin he is not in a position to marry her. How they get married is told with poignant scenes. Music by Laszlo Melis helps very much.

Kabay Barna and Petenyi Katalin have done a wonderful job in taking the film "Dream Car" which makes absorbing viewing. The climax of the film has been beautifully picturised. The cast includes Stohl Andras, Onodi Eszter, Bajor Imre, Kern Andras and Bezeredi Zoltan.

Maar Gyula's "Point of Return'' is based on a short story by Laszlo Csiki. Slow but powerful visuals make an impression but the director must have concentrated more on the screenplay.

Varga Zoltan, Fazakas Julia, Kovacs Lajos and Gyory Emil have portrayed their characters with ease.

Director Suranyi Andras' "Film'', shows the last days of an old couple. The artistes Temessy Hedi, Darvas Ivan, Haumann Peter, Basti Juli and Balint Andras have given the performance of a life time. Borbas Istvan's photography and Binder Karoly's music have certainly enhanced "Film''.

``Gloomy Sunday'' by Rolf Schubel is a love story with a difference. Laszlo Szabo and llona run a restaurant. Pianist Andras Aradi and llona fall in love with each other.

A German who comes to the restaurant also falls in love with llona, but she is not interestedin him.

How cruelly he treats llona is told in the rest of the film.


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