Hungary features frequently in European news – a sign that the fear of a wider anti-democratic turn has become well-founded in many countries. The short film block "Event of Dire Portent" presents works that examine a system's shadow side: toxic masculinity among students, refugees found dead in the back of a lorry, the desperation of the Roma population – with additional looks at recent Hungarian history and the Hungarian diaspora.
György Mór Kárpáti // Hungary // 2016 // 09:00 min
On the way back from a university trip, everyone is in a festive mood, except for one young woman. She is a victim of sexualised violence, and a trip organiser is trying to convince her not to go public with her experience.
Noémi Varga // Hungary // 2017 // 15:00 min
An experimental documentary and chronicle about the life of a grandmother in communist Hungary, which serves as a reminder of times past and how socialism colonized the soul of an entire generation.
Péter Lichter / Bori Máté // Hungary // 2019 // 08:00 min
How is horror generated in cinema? Old footage is fragmented and played back in an abstract and creative way, creating an inexorable pull towards unfathomable abysses.