Movies screening in English in Budapest: January 2017
If you don’t speak Hungarian but want to visit the cinema in Budapest, it can be difficult to find out which films are showing in English (or another foreign language). Luckily, there are many cinemas and film clubs screening newly released films and classic flicks with English subtitles and/or with the original audio. Each month we share some movies to check out with links to the show times too, so you’ll know exactly which cinema to head to and when. All you need to do is grab some popcorn!
A martfűi rém (“Strangled”)
This remarkable Hungarian thriller (translating to “The Monster of Martfű”) tells the true story of Péter Kovács, a notorious Magyar serial killer, who murdered defenseless young ladies on the streets of southern Szolnok County in the ’60s. In the film, a man is sentenced to death for the brutal murder of a young women in 1957 in Martfű. Seven years later shocking murder cases reappear, and amid the political madness of postwar Hungary, detectives have difficulties in finding correlations and picking up the thread of the investigation again; meanwhile, there is a growing number of victims in a country that has not known serial killers before… A young prosecutor needs great courage to reveal the identity of the ruthless predator of his tiny frightened town. Strangled is an intriguing Magyar murder mystery, but not for the fainthearted.
Assassin’s Creed is an action-adventure movie based on the video-game series of the same name, presenting Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender), who with the help of cutting-edge revolutionary technology, is enabled to explore the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th-century Spain. Upon discovering that he is a descendant of a secret assassin society, he gains the skills of a master assassin to defeat the powerful present-day Templar organization. Assassin’s Creed is an action-packed adventure, not only for gamers.
Actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson’s latest project, Hacksaw Ridge, tells the nearly unbelievable life story and impressive valor of United States Army corporal Desmond Thomas Doss, who served as a combat medic in World War II, and who walked into the bloodiest battle of the Pacific without firing a single shot, refusing to carry a rifle due to his religious beliefs. Putting his own life on the line to save the wounded near the frightening front lines earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor as the first conscientious objector in war history. This biographical movie about the wartime deeds of Desmond Doss is a must-see for everyone.
La La Land
The latest Hollywood hit, La La Land, brings the bygone genre of romantic musicals back to life through professional performances, outstanding direction, and a charming atmosphere. This musical masterpiece starring Academy Award winner Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone tells the once-in-a-lifetime love story of aspiring actress, Mia, and a passionate jazz pianist, Sebastian, blossoming on the streets of Los Angeles. As their success mounts, the two protagonists are torn between pursuing their dreams leading to the spotlight, or maintaining their passionate romance. The smoothly unfolding love story of this brand-new blockbuster makes this film perfect for a cozy wintry evening.
This classic American neo-noir crime film has been leaving viewers shaken, uneasy, and soulful since 1995. Underlighted interiors, somber colors, and constant rain set the grim and merciless mood of this film that keeps viewers at the edge of their seats until the haunting and horrific conclusion unfolds. In Se7en, soon-to-be-retiring detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) is partnered with a young hotshot, David Mills (Brad Pitt), to track down a cruel criminal who chose the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi to carry out a series of gruesome murders. However reluctant Somerset initially is to take the case, the two detectives investigate the merciless sermon-like murders, and see the case through to its end, which turns out to be way beyond what the two men ever bargained for…
The Great Wall
Shot entirely in China, the brand-new monster movie The Great Wall is the largest-ever Chinese-American co-production, featuring Matt Damon, and directed by acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou. In the film set in ancient China, a European mercenary is asked to help an army of Chinese soldiers to fight a horde of mythical monsters on the Great Wall, which turns out to be a journey towards heroism. The film received divisive reviews from film fanatics and experts, but the film’s perfectly created action scenes and visual scenery attract countless movie maniacs to cinemas. In Budapest’s Aréna Cinema, the film is screened in 3D and Imax.