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Zoltán Kodály Is…

 

Zoltán Kodály Is… a documentary with feature elements in which we can rediscover one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. Zoltán Kodály’s little-known history is presented through the eyes of two young artists, the pianist Fülöp Ránki and the cellist Gergely Devich, as they prepare for a concert inspired by his performance some 100 years ago.

The 90 minute film portrays Zoltán Kodály’s childhood and young adulthood, with the recital held in 1910 at its core where audiences heard the First String Quartet, the Nine Compositions for Piano as well as the Sonata for Cello and Piano. The protagonists and their friends in Quartet Kruppa not only perform Kodály pieces in their 2019 concert but, during the rehearsal period, they tour cities important to the young Kodály’s career and share exciting thoughts on the life and works of Kodály with each other, and us the viewers. Thus, they visit Galanta and Nagyszombat where the compositor spent his childhood and attended secondary school. They view the Zobor area, to where Kodály returned in 1905 to begin collecting folk songs. The Budapest part of the film introduces Kodály’s university student years and early compositions as well as the recital in 1910 which took place in the concert hall of the Royal Hotel on Erzsébet boulevard.

As opposed to most educational documentaries, in this unusually formated, factual film every piece of information comes either from the young musician’s conversations, from the monologues of Kodály himself, read by actor Gergő Kaszás, or from archive radio broadcasts recorded by contemporary musicians and students such as János Ferencsik, László Vikár, Antal Doráti, Antal Molnár and Sándor Szokolay.

 

Zoltán Kodály Is…
Hungarian documentary, 90 mins, 2020
Director: Eszter Petrovics
Cast: Fülöp Ránki, Gergely Devich
Producer: András Muhi

Theatrical rights are available from the 1st of December 2019 to the 30st of November 2024 for cinemas across Hungary.

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Gauguin from the National Gallery, London

 

A highlight of the Event Cinema calendar, this landmark cinema release will be introduced by the Director of the National Gallery, Gabriele Finaldi. It opens with a brand-new 60-minute documentary about the life and work of Paul Gauguin narrated by actor Dominic West (The WireThe AffairLes MisérablesColette). This will be followed by a 30-minute private view filmed exclusively for cinemas of the forthcoming National Gallery exhibition ‘The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits’, just after it opens in London.This fascinating cinema event opens with a brand-new documentary about the life and work of Paul Gauguin, one of the world’s most popular and important artists.

Filmed in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas Islands and the UK, this cinematic film will explore Gauguin’s extraordinary – and at times controversial – artistic achievement, with commentary from his descendants, artists and world experts. It will be followed by an exclusive private view of the National Gallery exhibition The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits, just after it opens in London. The cinema audience will be given an engaging and lively guided tour by the exhibition curators and guest contributors, bringing this first ever exhibition of Gauguin’s portraits to the big screen with stunning close-ups and illuminating insights.

Theatrical rights are available from the 1st of November 2019 to the 31st of June 2020 for cinemas across Hungary, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

 

A visionary, innovator and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word cool: a foray into the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis.

Using words from Miles Davis’ autobiography, this film offers an incisive insight into our understanding of the legendary musician. Newly released archival material, alongside interviews with pre-eminent historians and personal friends like Quincy Jones, illustrate a man of intensity and devotion to his craft. Despite the indignities of America during the time of segregation, nothing was going to stop Davis from realising his dream: to create a new form of musical expression. Davis worked like a physicist with his collaborators to push musical experimentation and widen the tones and lyricism of jazz – the effects of which are felt to this day.

As the film delves into his past loves, personal relationships, and addictions, a clearer portrait of Davis the man emerges. Davis is fearless and engaging throughout, and his intellectual fervor is only tempered by his insecurities. Director Stanley Nelson’s epic biopic collects the strands of a creative life and weaves them together for us to understand one of the great modern American artists like never before.

Theatrical rights are available for Miles Davis – The Birth of the Cool from the 1st of August 2019 to the 3th March 2020 for cinemas across Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
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Ella: Just One of Those Things

 

Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. “Ella: Just One of Those Things” follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.

The film uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music. – a black woman who makes her career in the face of horrifying racism.

Here is an Ella the world never knew – tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator. The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle for Civil Rights; and it explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest woman in the world”. But as Jamie Cullum says “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet”.

Featuring interviews with: Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Cleo Laine, Andre Previn, Norma Miller, Patti Austin, Izsak Perlman, Margo Jefferson, Will Friedwald and a rare interview with Ella’s son, Ray Brown Jr.

Theatrical rights are available for Ella Fitzgerald – Just One of Those Things from the 1st of June 2019 to the 1st of June 2020 for cinemas across Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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Lords of Chaos

 

Oslo, 1987. 17-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his traditional upbringing and becomes fixated on creating ‘true Norwegian black metal’ with his band Mayhem. He mounts shocking publicity stunts to put the band’s name on the map, but the lines between show and reality start to blur. Arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation that is under siege by these Lords of Chaos.

 

Production information:

Directed by Jonas Akerlund
Production year: 2018
Release date: May 9.
Territory rights: HU,
Run time: 120 min
Format: 2K DCP
Language: English
Subtitles: Hungarian

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Gemenc – The Wild Danube

 

nature documentary, Hungary, 2017 (6)
directed by Frigyes Olma

Running time: 60 Min

The landscape of Gemenc, the largest floodplain woods of Central Europe, is living and developing together with its waters. The river Danube defines the life of the drainage area’s flora and fauna, either by protecting or threatening, building or vanishing the scenery. The forest and the river provide an outstanding habitat for their residents, families of deers, boars, eagles, jackals, beavers, cranes and kingfishers of the Gemenc floodplain woods, including one of the area’s greatest population of the protected black storks. This stunning nature documentary – released with the support of WWF Hungary –  gives us insight into their lives. The film is a result of five years’ stringent and tenacious work: special disguised wildlife monitoring cameras, underwater or drone cameras were used to capture the wildlife of the drainage area including precious and previously unseen images of black storks nesting and raising up their squealers, or dramatic recordings of the big flood of the Danube in 2013. Besides the area’s wildlife, the documentary puts great emphasis on the presentation of the floodplain woods’ unique atmosphere as well, by capturing dawning landscapes and by numerous mid-air shots made with drones, while playing the evergreen melodies of Strauss, Vivaldi, Verdi, Puccini, Mahler and Bartók in the background.

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The Golden Jackal (The Kunság – The Secret Life of the Hungarian Puszta)

 

VadKunsag_fotok05In the middle of the Carpathian Basin, lying between the Tisza and the Danube, the landscape is like any other plain in Europe. It was once shaped by winds and rivers, today it bears traces of human activities. However, the Great Hungarian Plain is different. It has a secret life, where something interesting happens all the time…

Pannonia Entertainment distributes  this award winning Hungarian nature documentary to cinemas across Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithouania, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece, Austria, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Sweeden and China.

Available from 24th of March 2016 on DCP.

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