Regional Competition

Hungary 2018

Eszter Hajdú
Screening time  
25.02. / Monday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 3  
26.02. / Tuesday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
28.02. / Thursday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 4  
"Hungary 2018" leads us behind the scenes of democracy in politically devastated Hungary.

Twenty-eight years after the fall of communism and on the eve of new presidential elections, Hungary arrives at a political crossroads. Is the country about to embark on another four years of right-wing populism, with Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party remaining in power, or will former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány and his pro-European left-wing party prevail? Filmmaker Eszter Hajdú followed both campaigns, but also gained access to Gyurcsány’s personal life. Unique and sometimes moving scenes reveal the exhaustive efforts made by the candidate and his wife to get Hungary to shift to the left.


Eszter Hajdú

Eszter Hajdú is a film director and sociologist born in Hungary. She has a PHD in film directing and she regularly holds lectures at universities and does workshops and masterclasses for film students and human rights activists. Her films mainly deal with social-political taboos. Her film The Fidesz Jew was the most provocative and most viewed documentary film in 2008–2009 in Hungary. Judgment in Hungary (2014), about the neo-nazi trial of serial killing of Roma people in Hungary, won 19 international awards. Her latest film Hungary 2018 premiered in the 2018 IDFA feature length competition.

General sponsor

Hungary 2018

Hungary, Portugal
2018, 82'

Directed by:
Eszter Hajdú

Screenplay by:
Eszter Hajdú

Daniel Szandtner, István Szonyi

Edited by:
Levente Pap, Menno Boerema

Sandor Mester

Sandor Mester

Produced by:
Miradouro Media LDA

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2018