The Czech Center New York, and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, in collaboration with 22 European cultural institutes and consulates in New York City present the Disappearing Act IV European film festival. The expanding festival includes 25 contemporary films from 20 European countries, presented in partnership with 24 European cultural and consular agencies including the Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center.
Disappearing Act launched as an annual event in 2009 and instantly became a popular event in New York for its unique, carefully curated celebration of the vitality of European cinema. This year, the program presents films that have gained acclaim on the festival circuit and with the critics, yet remain largely unknown to American audiences. Though some of the films have secured U.S. theatrical distribution and a DVD release, the unbending financial demands of the current distribution system prevents them from attaining wider audiences. Disappearing Act brings these titles back to the attention of the media and the public, giving them another chance to be seen. Films will be introduced by special guests and filmmakers, who will also be present for post-screening discussions. Although the festival does not hunt for premieres and discoveries, the program includes a number of theatrical and festival New York firsts.
The New York Premier of the Negative History of Hungarian Cinema, on behalf of the Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center will be screened on April 19, 6.30 PM, at the Bohamian National Hall.
Info: Negative History of Hungarian Cinema (Negatív Magyar filmtörténet) directed and written by Gyula Nemes, Hungary, 2010, 47 min; Documentary; in Hungarian; English subtitles – NY Premiere
The history of cinema has its negative antipode, the plethora of films that were never finished or realized. Gyula Nemes set out to uncover these projects through interviews with the greats of Hungarian cinema such as Miklos Jancso, Sandor Pal, Judith Elek, and more. The director also encourages his subjects to film little reconstructions of the lost projects in front of his camera, which results in visually rich and formally fresh work of non-fiction cinema.
Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street bet. 1st and 2nd Avenues, New York; FIAF, 22 East 60th Street bet. Madison and Park Avenues, New York
ADMISSION FREE TO ALL SCREENINGS
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All films are in original version with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.