15th October, Monday, 7 p.m., Balassi Institute

Mephisto is nowadays considered a classic masterpiece by renowned Hungarian director István Szabó and was conceived as an adaptation of Klaus Mann's novel of the same title from 1936. It was also the first Hungarian film to win a best foreign film Academy award, but more importantly, it is a stunning study of a character and a society in times of great turmoil: Hendrik Höfgen is a German actor who calculates and craves for glory during the rise of nazism. While he climbs the social scale, aims to become one of the great German actors and portray Hamlet and Mephisto, he also compromises with the Third Reich regime. Blinded by ambition he doesn't realize that he signed the contract with the Devil and instead of being Mephisto he's become Faust.


Even before Mephisto, István Szabó brought the international attention to the fact that the Hungarian cinema was becoming more and more innovative.With Mephisto international coproductions started to become a norm in the years to come.


The film will be screened in Hungarian with English subtitles. For over 18 years.