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About the Film

The Hungarian prime minister returns from Germany in a coffin, his dream of making Hungary into a fascist state snuffed out—for now. Meanwhile, in Budapest, a beautiful, well-dressed young woman is found dead with only a Jewish prayer book in her purse. To solve the mystery of her demise, a scruffy, unflappable crime reporter enlists the help of a beautiful photographer, who once broke his heart and whom he does not fully trust. Together, they reveal shocking truths about Budapest’s seedy underground crime syndicate and its shady political patrons. A politically charged tale of corruption and betrayal, BUDAPEST NOIR will transport you to an ominous time and dark place, and hold you there spellbound. Based on the bestselling novel by Vilmos Kondor.

Guest Speakers

 eva gardos headshot web Born in Budapest, filmmaker Éva Gárdos, was an infant when her parents and older sister escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary by sneaking over the heavily armed border. Francis Ford Coppola gave Gardos her first job in movies, working as a production assistant on Coppola's epic APOCALYPSE NOW (1979). She is an award-winning filmmaker, best known for directing and writing AN AMERICAN RHAPSODY (2001) starring a young Scarlett Johansson and for editing BARFLY (1987) and MASK (1985). IMDB
Jason Rantz-headshot 130x130 Moderator Jason Rantz is Seattle's fresh, contemporary, conservative voice. Young and urban, passionate and provocative, Rantz tackles everything from politics to pop culture as the afternoon drive-time host on KTTH 770 AM.

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Film Details:

Director: Éva Gárdos
Country: Hungry
Language: Hungarian, English w/subtitles
Running Time: 95m
Year: 2017
Genre: Narrative
Rating/Warning: R - Nudity, Sex


  • WWII
  • Suspenseful Stories
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Hungary
  • Pre-Nazi era



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