Restored version of Zoltán Fábri’s film Late Season at the film festival in Venice

The restored version of Late Season, a ground-breaking Holocaust film shot in 1966, features on the programme of the Venice Classics section of the 77th Venice International Film Festival.

Nemzeti Filmintézet – Filmarchívum |

The Upthrown Stone back at Cannes

This year, for the fifth time, the official programme of Cannes Film Festival, Cannes Classics, selected a Hungarian film classic restored by the National Film Institute.

Nemzeti Filmintézet – Filmarchívum |

Book dedicated by Adolph Zukor

Adolph Zukor, who established Paramount Pictures film studio and was one of the founders of Hollywood filmmaking, was born in the village of Ricse on 7 January 1873 and he died in Los Angeles on 10 June 1976.

Könyvtár |

Unforgettable Comedies Free Online

The National Film Institute is making unforgettable Hungarian comedies from the past 80 years available free, online for 10 days to mark Hungarian Film Day on 30 April. Hyppolit, the Butler, The Witness, Dollybirds and Moscow Square plus many others can be watched with English subtitles until 10 May.

Nemzeti Filmintézet – Filmarchívum |

Hungarian Classics Free to Watch

The National Film Institute offers free online access to 39 Hungarian Classics with subtitles – literary adaptations, historical films and animations contributing to digital education introduced in Hungary due to the coronavirus outbreak. Precious entertainment for all members of the family staying at home.

Istvan Szabo Director's Selection DVD release

Istvan Szabo Director's Selection DVD release – Coming soon.

Fazekas Eszter |

Márta Mészáros retrospective at the Bergamo Film Meeting

With a retrospective consisting of 10 films restored by the National Film Institute - Film Archive - Hungary, Bergamo Film Meeting pays homage to the innovative gaze of Hungarian director Márta Mészáros.

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Personal photo album of director of Casablanca added to Film Archive collection

The album containing 40 photographs, which it is thought Warner Bros. Studio made specifically for Michael Curtiz (Mihály Kertész), was gifted to the Film Archive by Linda Goldfarb, the director’s grandniece, who lives in California.

From Hyppolit to Hollywood – István Székely born 120 years ago

His film Hyppolit the Butler triggered an unprecedented golden age of film in Hungary. Under his influence, comedy became the dominant genre in Hungarian filmmaking, but he actually also experimented with other genres and didn’t stop until he reached Hollywood.

Balogh Gyöngyi |

What do the films of Márta Mészáros give the world?

Introduction by Eszter Fazekas, digitalization and film restoration manager of the Budapest Film Archive, on the Márta Mészáros day organized in Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, 13 February 2019.

Fazekas Eszter |

‘The Márta Mészáros Marvel’ – ‘Adoption’ at the Berlinale Classics

2019 sees yet another Hungarian participant at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival’s Berlinale Classics.

Fazekas Eszter |

Sir Alexander Korda, the charismatic film mogul

UK film historians are unanimous in declaring that no other British movie producer enjoyed the unique mix of power, personality and imagination that made Sir Alexander Korda one of the world’s most respected and charismatic film moguls.

Balogh Gyöngyi |

The Three-Hundred-Year-Old Man – Silent film from 1914 brought back to life

A long-forgotten photo album preserving scene stills of the film featuring young Hungarian aristocrats was brought back to life, and through this an 10-minute fragment of the originally 50-minute-long film has been reconstructed from stills.

Balogh Gyöngyi |

Ferenc Molnár and film

Works by Ferenc Molnár have inspired many films, from the earliest days to the present day. Important movie directors such as Mihály Kertész, Fritz Lang, Charles Vidor, Zoltán Fábri and Billy Wilder adapted his dramas. In the following, we examine the filming stories behind 12 Molnár works.

Balogh Gyöngyi |

The Dance – the first Hungarian film (1901)

The story, the creators and the reconstruction of the first Hungarian film, The Dance – an exhibition on the Day of Hungarian Film.

Hungarian Cinema at Cannes, 1968

It was exactly 50 years ago when the competition at the 21st Cannes International Film Festival was cancelled. The year was 1968.

Fazekas Eszter |

Ján Kadár 100

The first of April, 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Ján Kadár, the Hungarian-born, Czechoslovak film director who won an Oscar for his film The Shop on Main Street in 1966. The Film Archive Library, which became an independent institution in 1959, coincidentally also on 1 April, preserves a few of his personal papers that allow us to reconstruct the fate typical of a Central-Eastern...

Löwensohn Enikő |

Rare gems of Hungarian Cinema – Restored film classics in Paris

Starting today, a total of eight Hungarian films that were restored by the Hungarian National Film Archive will be presented at Toute la Mémoire du Monde festival organised by La Cinémathèque française. For five days, the French Film Institute will showcase restored films.

'My 20th Century' – A Wonderful First Film Among the Berlinale Classics

The audience of the 2017 Berlinale celebrated a new film by Ildikó Enyedi. She’s return after 18 years was magnificent. On Body and Soul won its first international award, the Golden Bear, in Berlin. After this film’s nomination for the Academy Awards, the Berlinale presents yet another of Enyedi’s works.

Fazekas Eszter |

2017 for the Hungarian Film Archive

Q&A with György Raduly, director of the Hungarian Film Archive.