Budapest Jewish and Israeli Film Festival will go ahead this year

Budapest’s 9th Jewish and Israeli Film Festival will be held online between November 24 and December 6.


The Jewish and Israeli Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. The organizer of the event is the JCC Budapest - Bálint House. They are home of the Hungarian Jewish community, a place that brings people together.

The festival will feature 17 recent titles on Jewish life, culture and history. The selection of films will be German, U.S., Russian, Austrian, Norwegian, Israeli and Hungarian productions.

The festival kicks off with a war film, Resistance. In the film, an aspiring mime artist joins the French Resistance to save the lives of thousands of children orphaned at the hands of the Nazis. The film features Hungarian’s Géza Röhrig and Vica Kerekes in supporting roles. The film is in English with Hungarian subtitles.

Another notable drama, The Song of Names is featured. Partly shot in Hungary, the main characters are childhood friends from London whose lives have been changed by World War II.

The event will be held exclusively online this year due to the coronavirus epidemic. Tickets can be purchased starting from November 12 for HUF 1,500. Ticket buyers will be able to watch the movie at the time they are screened.