Stephen, the King

István, a király, Hungarian musical, colour, 1982, by Gábor Koltay, Language: Hungarian, Subtitles: English, 93'



09.08. 19:30
Szent István square

Open-air screening, Guests: Feró Nagy, Gyula Vikidál

Directed by Gábor Koltay 
Written by Miklós Boldizsár 
Screenplay by Levente Szörényi, János Bródy, Miklós Boldizsár, Gábor Koltay 
Director of photography: Andor Tamás 
Music by Levente Szörényi, Szabolcs Szörényi 
Cast: Miklós Varga, László Pelsőczy, Gyula Vikidál, Márta Sebestyén, Kati Berek, Ottilia Kovács, Bernadett Sára, Gyula Deák Bill, Máté Victor
Production: Studio Budapest 
2K restored

The first Hungarian rock opera film takes an unusual approach to the story of the foundation of the Hungarian state, King Stephen and the pagan Koppány. The rock opera featuring music by Levente Szörényi and János Bródy and acting from the biggest rock stars of the day was a mega hit when it first played at Királydomb in 1983. The film is the animated versionof this performance depicted with pop-art effects, where the editing is showman rock initself. A huge cult developed around Stephen, the King, and there have been countless performances since then, but this first was the most successful.