Movie Guide – Day 4 (Monday, 4 September 2023)

2023.09.04. 10:00

A new film by the legendary Wim Wenders (Perfect Days), a biography of the former Captain Kirk and T.J. Hooker (“You Can Call Me Bill”), and an excellent American independent film (Sweet East) are just some of the highlights of Monday. Tickets are available on Monday for the following screenings:

Giovanni, the well-known Italian film director, is about to make a political film about the impact of the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary on the Italian Communist Party. Only, with his marriage in crisis, his co-producer on the verge of bankruptcy and a rapidly changing film industry, everything seems to be working against him. Zsolt Anger plays one of the roles in A Brighter Tomorrow, which is in the competition program at CineFest, as it was in Cannes.
The last screening of the film at the festival. Tickets for the screening are available for 1.000 HUF and are recommended to be purchased in advance.

This year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), the Korean Cultural Centre is presenting three films as part of the Open Eye program that have been highly acclaimed in their home country. One of them, Christmas in August, is the heartbreaking story of a photographer in his thirties who meets a charming young woman. When he learns that he’s terminally ill, he closes his business and walks out of her life without a trace to spare her the pain of grief.
Tickets for the performance are available for 1.000 HUF and are recommended to be purchased in advance.

Directed by Ottó Bánovits and Sándor Takó, Nikola Before Tesla, screened as part of the CineDocs competition program, is the inspiring story of the world-famous inventor’s life in Central Europe. Following Tesla’s own narrative, the film reveals the fragile man behind the emblematic genius we all know.
The last screening of the film at the festival. Tickets for the screening are available for 1.000 HUF and are recommended to be purchased in advance.

In Sweet East, screened in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and shown here in the Competition Program, high school student Lillian (rising star Talia Ryder) leaves her class trip – and seemingly her old self – under dramatic circumstances. From there, she becomes who the people she meets on her aimless wanderings see her as. One of the stars of the film is Simon Rex, a former CineFest guest.
Tickets for the screening are available for 1.000 HUF and can be bought in advance.

William Shatner is a legendary actor who is as well known to audiences as the title character in T.J. Hooker as he is as Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series (and of course the Star Trek movies). The star has had quite a colorful career, known as a science fiction writer, singer and, at 90, one of the first and still one of the oldest space tourists. Screened here as part of the CineDocs competition program, the community-funded You Can Call Me Bill, from the US SXSW festival, recalls this fascinating career, largely interpreted by the star himself. Director Alexandre O. Philippe has previously made films about a number of Hollywood sensations, including the portrait of the recently deceased William Friedkin, a film on the making of The Exorcist, as well as a visual account on the famous shower scene in Psycho. His admiration for Shatner is undeniable: the actor had been approached by several people with the idea of a portrait film, but Philippe’s enthusiasm and knowledge were the only thing that convinced him to say yes.
Tickets for the film are available for 1,000 HUF and should be purchased in advance.

Screened in the CineDocs competition program, Rule of Two Walls is an intimate view of the war in Ukraine, as seen through the eyes of Ukrainian artists who have stayed in their country to continue creating in defiance of aggression. Blurring the boundaries between what is seen in front of the camera and what is witnessed behind it, this film, which has already proved its worth at the Tribeca Film Festival in the US, with nine-time Emmy-nominated actor Liev Schreiber as executive producer, explores what it means to make a film in a time of war.
The last screening of the film at the festival. Tickets are available for 1,000 HUF and are best purchased in advance.

The opening film of the 2023 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des cinéastes) and one of the year’s most remarkable films is The Goldman Case. In 1976, the second trial of Pierre Goldman divided France. The far-left activist was accused of four robberies, one of which resulted in two deaths. Goldman denied all along that he had anything to do with the murders. French director Cédric Kahn is entering the delicate genre of courtroom dramas in a big way with his film version of this legal battle.
Tickets for the film are available for 1.000 HUF and are best purchased in advance.

The legendary Wim Wenders’ new film, Perfect Days in the Competition Program, is a human tale of contemporary Tokyo. Although Hirayama’s life may seem difficult, boring, even humiliating at times, routine frames each day, and meditating in the park, reading and listening to music provide the daily pleasure. The lead actress Kōji Yakusho deservedly won the Best Actor award at Cannes.
Tickets for the performance are available for 1,000 HUF and are best purchased in advance.

CineFest, in partnership with the Hong Kong International Film Festival, is presenting six outstanding Hong Kong films in this year’s Open Eye program, including Mad Fate. In the film, a fortune teller tries to help a prostitute on a rainy night, but he arrives a few minutes late and is forced to watch her die. Coincidence also brings Siu Tung to the apartment. The boy stares at the corpse, mesmerized. When the fortune teller sees the future and realizes that Siu Tung is about to commit murder, he decides to confront the inevitable.
Tickets for the screening are available for 1.000 HUF and should be purchased in advance.