Rewrite this content How can you live with the knowledge that you caused a fatal car accident? And can the law of present survival be reconciled with the fact that the next generation also wants a habitable planet? Is it possible to go against the epidemic treatment methods that are considered the norm? The films of the Budapest International Documentary Film Festival, which started this weekend and is also taking place in the countryside, deal with brutal dilemmas. Subjective BIDF recommender. Alice and me It is often not only difficult, but quite simply impossible to talk openly about truly painful experiences. The feelings that have been superimposed on these traumas are so strong, big, and confusing that no sound comes out from under them. But what if the victims of the horrors didn’t have to tell about themselves, they just participated in a harmless, nice game where they imagined and told the story of an unknown, imaginary girl? This imaginary girlfriend, Alis, has been through dark times, she has survived unimaginable horrors – but it’s over, and maybe the end of the tale can still be beautiful. This Chilean-Colombian-Romanian co-production tells about serious traumas in a way that is nevertheless life-affirming and hopeful. You can still watch the festival on January 24 and 29 at the Cinema City Mammut cinema in Budapest. The Norwegian headache What reason could anyone demonstrate in such a rich and democratic country as Norway? Well, they don’t know what to do in their good business… or do they? But is it possible to sit back and enjoy prosperity while it becomes more and more clear that you can hardly enjoy economic stability if you slowly cannot breathe the air? However, in the Scandinavian countries, the signs of climate change are much sharper than in our safe temperate zone. So it is not surprising that it was in Norway that some determined young people started a lawsuit against the state, saying that oil extraction threatens the rights of future generations to a clean and healthy environment. Yes, but the country is as rich as it is because of petroleum – and no sane government would like to let its residents’ living standards fall. Is there a solution to the present versus future dilemma? This film, which can be seen on January 24th and 25th at Mammut, will help you think about this. A moment forever Road accidents are so commonplace that we almost only get our heads around them when they turn out to be very tragic – and we don’t have to worry about the speed and cruelty of the public’s judgment. But we rarely have the opportunity to see into the minds and hearts of those on whom these quick judgments are made. This Czech documentary gives you the opportunity to do just that: it presents people who caused a fatal road accident and have had to live with the guilt ever since. Obviously, the film has quite a few accident prevention functions, since if a fatal accident is no longer a dry, distant newspaper story, it can completely reframe our thinking. On January 23rd, 24th, 28th and 29th, the film will be shown at the BIDF program in Budapest. Broken relationships Since the Russian-Ukrainian conflict has been simmering for many years, documentary film festivals have been full of films dissecting the Russian-Ukrainian conflict for several years now. Following the open war that broke out last year, all of this only intensified, and the BIDF is also full of works showing the antecedents, everyday life, and effects of the war. This Georgian film is also like that, and we chose it for our recommendation, because it tells about phenomena that we also know well here in Hungary: the divisive effect of the relationship to the war and the propaganda that largely determines this relationship. The film follows seven Russian families, who all bear these marks, albeit in different ways: they support or oppose the war, and because of their different opinions, they may not even talk to each other. Familiar, right? The film can be seen on January 27, 28 and 29 at the BIDF screenings in Budapest. We Swedes and covid “The Swedish model” – we all heard the term during the peak periods of covid: the Swedes do it differently, they don’t close, they don’t isolate, quarantine, shut down sectors, we knew that. But it took a few years of distance to determine the effect of all this. Now perhaps the insight into the topic is enough, and this film covered the topic with sufficient thoroughness, and moreover, it goes so close to the decision-making, to the decision-makers who make it, which we have not seen much in Hungary, where you can never ask the leaders about the essence. example. So this film is about much more than deciding who was right, the Swedes or the other countries: a crisis management case study with politicians and experts who play with courage and open cards. Therefore, it is a special pleasure that this film will be made available not only in Budapest, but also in rural cinemas participating in the festival screenings: it will be shown in Veszprém, Szolnok, Szombathely, Jászberény, Szeged, Eger, and Pécs in addition to the screenings in Budapest. Habiszti – Just because! An artistic film with an unusual tone from the Hungarian competition, George Dobray directed by a gypsy boy, Attila, who is talented on several fronts: he sings, raps, plays the guitar, and dances. His talent for the latter eventually takes him to the dance class of an art school, where they are currently working on a dance performance about the Roma Holocaust, in which he is the main character. During the preparation, we get to know Attila’s life, opportunities and limitations, which are hardly his only limitations. The film can be seen at BIDF screenings in Budapest on January 24, 25 and 29. Eternal spring One of the most exciting visual films of this year’s BIDF offer cannot be left out of our recommendation, which is a bit like last year’s much-talked-about Escapere in the sense that, just like that, this documentary was born (for the most part) as an animated film, probably for exactly the same political-self-defense reasons. The location this time is China, specifically the city of Changchun, where on a March evening in 2002, the usual state propaganda of the local TV was interrupted, and material glorifying the spiritual movement Falun kung, persecuted and banned by the party, was broadcast. As it turned out, it was because Falun kung sympathizers briefly took over the studio. Of course, the perpetrators had to flee, which the state did not allow, and the chilling story has not ended to this day. The beautifully illustrated story about freedom of religion and opinion has won a long list of awards, and can be seen at the BIDF on January 27, 28 and 29.
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