12 October 2018

Hungarian Premiers at Warsaw IFF

X-The eXploited; Ruben Brandt, Collector; Lajko-Gypsy in Space; Helix and Pillowface – five Hungarian movies competing at the 34th Warsaw International Film Festival. The popular event will be held in Warsaw cinemas between 12-21 October. The A-category film festival of the Polish capital shows more than 160 films.


 X - The eXploited

Hungary | 2018, 111 min. 
Director: Károly Ujj-Mészáros
Genre: crime / drama 
World Premiere


  • Multikino 4: Sunday, 14 Oct 21:15
  • Multikino 4: Monday, 15 Oct 16:15 
  • Kinoteka 3: Tuesday, 16 Oct 13:30

Section: Competition 1-2 

A single mother, a policewoman with a serious panic disorder, and the biggest conspiracy of contemporary Hungary. She doesn’t stand a chance. Who would believe in a policewoman who suffers from such a serious panic disorder that she is afraid to go near any crime scene and so has been on permanent office duty for more than a decade? Who would believe a single mother who is unfit to pay her mortgage and also to raise her rebellious teenage daughter? Indeed, no one believes that this troubled woman has discovered a serial murder case. A moving personal drama and a gripping investigation serve as a pretext to show many layers of contemporary Hungary, where the historical and recent past still haunts people, resulting in concealed and horrendous crimes. It is a place where nothing and no one seems honest and true, except an emotionally unstable policewoman and her daughter who only wants to know who her father truly was. Reminiscent of Scandinavian crime films, this is an atmospheric picture about true heroes.

Ruben Brandt, Collector

Hungary | 2018, 94 min.
Director: Milorad Kristic
Genre: Adventure / Animation / fantasy / thriller / action / film noir 
Polish premiere


  • Multikino 3: Friday, 12 Oct 14:00 
  • Kinoteka 4: Saturday, 13 Oct 14:00 
  • Kinoteka 4: Sunday, 14 Oct 19:00 
  • Kinoteka 4: Monday, 15 Oct 16:30

Section: Free Spirit Competition

Ruben Brandt, a famous psychotherapist, suffers terrible nightmares. They are the result of subliminal messaging he received as a child. To prevent them, he is forced to steal 13 masterpieces of painting from world-renowned museums and private collections. Accompanied by his four patients, he strikes with great success: the Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, Hermitage, MoMA… “The Collector” quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world. The reward for his capture keeps rising, approaching a hundred million dollars. A cartel of insurance companies entrusts Mike Kowalski, a private detective, with solving the case. An animated crime story referencing the best traditions of the genre. A tribute to the 20th century movie world: from Griffith and Eisenstein to Wenders and Tarantino.

Lajko - Gypsy in Space

Hungary | 2018, 90 min.
Director: Balázs Lengyel
Genre: dark comedy 
International Premiere


  • Kinoteka 4: Sunday, 14 Oct 21:30 
  • Kinoteka 4: Monday, 15 Oct 14:00 
  • Kinoteka 4: Tuesday, 16 Oct 19:00

Section: Free Spirit Competition

A black comedy that allows us to learn that the first living being in space was not actually a dog called Lajka, but a Hungarian crop-sprayer by the name of Lajko. It is 1957 and the Soviet Union decides to give Hungary the honour of providing the first human to orbit in space. The most suitable candidate turns out to be none other than the quiet and placid Lajko, the first Gypsy pilot in Hungary, maybe the whole world. He has felt a lifelong attraction to the stars and the unexplored infinity of outer space. He cannot believe his good fortune. When he is eventually selected for this daring mission, he doesn't know that they chose him for this mission for a reason…


Hungary | 2018, 6 min.
Director: Károly ’Kása’ Papp
Genre: Animation / short 
International Premiere


  • Kinoteka 7: Thursday, 18 Oct 21:00 
  • Kinoteka 7: Friday, 19 Oct 16:00 

Section: Short Films Competition 

Film set: Short Films Competition 1: Life, Animated 

A story about the dynamics of human relationships…


Hungary / Romania | 2018, 11 min.
Director: Péter Vácz
Genre: drama / short 
World Premiere


  • Kinoteka 7: Wednesday, 17 Oct 18:30 
  • Kinoteka 7: Saturday, 20 Oct 21:00

Section: Short Films Competition 

Film set: Short Films Competition 5: Other Worlds 

An introverted man tries to find a way to ease his loneliness.



Poland / Ukraine / Hungary / Lithuania / Italy | 2018, 117 min.
Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Genre: drama / history 


  • Multikino 3: Saturday, 13 Oct 14:00 
  • Multikino 1: Sunday, 14 Oct 16:00

Section: Special Screenings 

At the beginning of the 20th century, somewhere on the outskirts of the Russian Empire, a military doctor administers a lethal overdose of ether to a young woman – the object of his desire. After getting away with his crime, he finds employment in an Austro-Hungarian fortress, where he continues his experiments with ether to manage pain and manipulate human behaviour. Nevertheless, it is not too late for his soul to be saved from eternal damnation…