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Hungarian film wins Golden Bear

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

The leading pro-government daily contends that Ildikó Enyedi’s success at the Berlin film festival indicates that the Hungarian public film funding system works well. A left-wing commentator acknowledges the state’s role in the success, but nonetheless considers the fund distribution scheme absurd. READ MORE

Son of Saul wins the Oscar

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

As László Nemes’ drama is awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, commentators offer various interpretations of the movie, but all agree that it is an important work of art. READ MORE

Liberal Transylvanian politician on national homogeneity

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

A Transylvanian commentator fears that the PM’s claims about Hungarian national homogeneity are mistaken and chime badly with the interests of transborder Hungarians. READ MORE

Does Hungary need an Apocalypse?

Monday, October 28th, 2013

A centrist analyst believes that Hungarian politicians mirror public sentiments. Polarizing and combative rhetoric are not the inventions of parties but rather the expectations of voters. Regardless of the composition of the government, politics will remain divisive unless Hungarians become more compromising in tone and ideas. READ MORE

Andy Vajna’s movie-war

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

A conservative commentator rejects the charges levelled against the government’s movie commissioner, whom many filmmakers accuse of ruining Hungary’s world famous film industry. READ MORE

Secretary of state for culture is leaving office

Friday, February 15th, 2013

A centre-right journalist describes László L. Simon as a moderate, unjustly reviled by liberals, who lost his battle against the far more conservative chairmann of the Hungarian Art Academy. A left-liberal commentator writes that the removal of László Simon is another sign of culture wars raging within the governing party, in which the loyalty of office holders is prized above their expertise. READ MORE

Culture war around the National Theatre

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

A centre-right columnist welcomes the endorsement of the left-leaning director of the National Theater by a prominent right-leaning rock musician as a rare example of how to ease tensions between opposing camps. READ MORE

History paintings ignite culture war

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Left-wing commentators believe that the pictures commissioned by the government to illustrate the deluxe edition of the new Constitution promote a partisan political message. Some young conservative pundits also find the paintings kitschy, while an art historian defends their originality and artistic quality. READ MORE

A Hungarian tragedy: common property

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Twenty years after the regime change, Hungarians still do not care much for public property. A left-wing columnist blames the lack of public concern for public goods on the still prevailing heritage of “state socialism”. READ MORE

Radical right-wingers get their theatre

Monday, October 10th, 2011

A popular liberal blogger reacts ironically to the appointment of a radical right wing actor as director of a small Budapest theatre, describing it as a selfless decision in favour of the mentally deranged. A leading moderate conservative commentator cautions against possible negative consequences. READ MORE