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Hungarian Animation of the 1980s

Station Žilina Záriečie: S1
01.07.2017
17:00
Duration 69:00

As Cartoonbrew, the online animation journal once put it, “in the early 1980s, the most visually inventive and coolest-looking cartoons in the world were being made in Hungary.” Many short films created during this period can be seen as artistic music videos based on contemporary pop songs, folk and classical music, or poetry. Others portray the inner workings of socialism and everyday life in the eastern part of Central Europe in an eerie, surrealist or grotesque manner, and in a more direct anti-regime way compared to the political allegories of the 1960s and ’70s.

Fly / A légy

directed by Ferenc Rofusz

year: 1980
country: HU
duration: 03:00
This Academy Award winning animation by Ferenc Rofusz demonstrated a magnificent new background animation technic back in 1980. Telling the story through the POV of a fly trapped in a house was also a unique art from behind the Iron Curtain.

Private Nightmare / Álomfejtő

directed by István Orosz

year: 1980
country: HU
duration: 05:00
A peek into a man’s grotesque nightmares, in which the typical scenery of provincial Hungarian countryside unfolds before our eyes.

Ad Astra

directed by Ferenc Cakó

year: 1982
country: HU
duration: 02:00
A poetic illustration of how creative reformers can be paralysed by the mass.

Our National Holidays / Ünnepeink

directed by Katalin Macskássy

year: 1984
country: HU
duration: 10:00
Children try to describe what is being commemorated during Hungarian national holidays. As they discuss what they learnt at school, the history of Hungary, Europe and the Soviet Union gets terribly muddled up.

Scones / Süti

directed by Gyula Nagy

year: 1984
country: HU
duration: 10:00
Things get wild when a bowl of dough is left alone in grandma’s pantry.

Wind / A szél

directed by Csaba Varga

year: 1985
country: HU
duration: 07:00
A graphic experiment with scene-shreds of great silence before a large cataclysm.

Lights Before Dawn / Fények virradat előtt

directed by Sándor Békési

year: 1984
country: HU
duration: 04:00
A tiny costumed fairy couple come to life in the optical illusion machine of Charles-Émile Reynaud. The film is a lyrical tribute to the creator of the Théâtre Optique and the forefather of animation.

Wizards / Garabonciák

directed by Dóra Keresztes, István Orosz

year: 1985
country: HU
duration: 05:00
A painterly folklore-based animated spell.

Farewell, Little Island! / Isten veled, kis sziget!

directed by Sándor Reisenbüchler

year: 1987
country: HU
duration: 13:00
A powerful elegy to a village on a river island, which is being drowned by modern technology.

Easter Greetings / Húsvéti anzix

directed by Béla Weisz

year: 1988
country: HU
duration: 02:00
The film takes place in a society of chickens controlled by rabbits. So which came first - the chicken, the egg…or the rabbit?

Mind the Step! / Vigyázat lépcső!

directed by István Orosz

year: 1989
country: HU
duration: 06:00
The paradoxically winding stairs of an old Budapest apartment building reflect individual and social events... is there a way out?

Western

directed by Gábor Homolya

year: 1989
country: HU
duration: 02:00
A Wild West prairie - two men prepare to duel.