Classic Film Marathon

Classic Film Marathon

  • 12.09.2023 - 17.09.2023
  • Events, What to do in Budapest

The Film Marathon will again offer a rich program of events between 12 and 17 September. Six evenings of exciting screenings are planned, with great classics and rarities. The screenings will take place in several venues: the Uránia National Film Theatre, the Toldi Cinema and the French Institute, as well as the popular and spectacular open-air screenings in front of the Basilica and on St. Stephen’s Square.

This year’s theme is the Korda universe, to mark the 130th anniversary of the birth of Sándor Korda, the Hungarian director-producer who became world-famous as Sir Alexander Korda. The program will not only focus on the career and major films of Sándor Korda, but also on the exciting intellectual milieu and the Hungarian and international collaborators who helped to create the post-WWII British film industry, including the two other Korda brothers, Zoltán and Vince, and the legendary screenwriter Lajos Bíró. The British focus will be accompanied by a screening of films by the famous filmmaking duo Imre Pressburger, aka Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell. Their unique collaboration created an inimitable world that still fascinates viewers today. The selection of their films is primarily intended to illustrate this diversity.

The restored Hungarian films of André de Toth (Endre Tóth) will be shown, and we will also select from his American productions, but we will also connect to Hollywood through the films of Paramount Studios and its Hungarian founder, Adolph Zukor.

Other sections of the festival will explore new approaches to sport and cinema, showcase important women filmmakers, and travel back in time to explore 150-year-old Budapest through films and the restored films of Kálmán Latabár, a perennial favourite of Hungarian audiences.

Once again, there will be a Budapest Classics Lab conference, where national and international experts will present exciting chapters in film history and the latest discoveries from the film archive. The festival’s popular educational program will continue with slideshows, talks and a playhouse for young people. The initiative, which was a great success last year, will become a tradition, and this year there will be a section for the audience, put together by student curators.

Date: 12-17 September
Time: 17:00-23:45

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