at your home with cbi

Film and Director Q & A

Sunday, February 7, 2021

4:00 PM

Sponsored by Susan & Bruce Greenbaum and Marsha & Brian Kelly

Join us in this fundraiser for Congregation Beth Israel at your home. 

The film, Budapest Noir, will be available to view for four days preceding the Q & A with filmmaker Eva Gardos on Feb. 7th. Included with your ticket will be a *delivered snack box and a bottle of wine!

Budapest Noir
A Film by Eva Gardos

Narrative / Hungary / 2017 / R

Director: Éva Gardós

Running Time: 95 minutes

Hungarian with English subtitles


About the Film

Budapest, 1936. A reporter investigates the murder of a prostitute, leading him into the underworld of 1930s pre-Nazi Hungary in this stylish thriller. When a young Jewish woman is found beaten to death, no one is interested in solving the crime except the cynical but inquisitive Zsigmond Gordon. The clues eventually lead to a shadowy world of pornographers and brothels, crime syndicates and communist cells, and the highest echelons of power, just as Hungary’s government prepares to align with Hitler. A politically-charged tale of corruption and betrayal, this rich mystery will leave audiences guessing until its surprising climax. Note: contains nudity.


2017 Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) – (Best Original Score Independent Film (Foreign Language) Atti Pacsay (composer)
2018 Hungarian Film Week – (Best Special Makeup - Mask)

​Éva Gardós

​Éva Gardós is an award-winning film director and editor born in Hungary. Francis Ford Coppola gave Gardós her first job in film, working as a production assistant on Coppola’s epic Apocalypse Now in the Philippines. “That was my film school.” She went on to establish a career as a film editor (Valley Girl, Mask, Bastard Out of Carolina), working with distinguished directors such as Barbet Schroeder, Peter Bogdanovich, and Anjelica Huston.


Éva’s screenwriting and feature film directorial debut, An American Rhapsody starring a young Scarlett Johansson, is based on the true life events of Éva’s family escaping from Hungary in the 1950s and being forced to leave their infant child (Éva) behind. Éva spent six years in Hungary with foster parents before rejoining her biological parents in America. The film won many prizes on the Festival Circuit and was released by Paramount Classics. 

After discovering the bestselling Hungarian novel, Budapest Noir, she returned to Hungary to develop and direct the film version. "After making Rhapsody, a very personal story, I was excited by the idea of making a genre film with suspense and action." Set in 1936, when Hungary was on the verge of embracing fascism, the film resonates with the politics of today. It premiered at the Chicago Film Festival and has played at many other festivals, such as Palm Springs, Denver, and Shanghai. 

Among her current projects is Cindy in Iraq, inspired by the true-life events of Cindy Morgan, a truck driver from Arkansas who, having fallen on hard times, left her home and children to work as a contractor for KBR Halliburton during the height of the Iraqi war.

Event Pricing
    $40 per person - Film, Q & A, Gourmet Snacks & Bottle of Wine (may pick up at CBI or have *delivered on the Monterey Peninsula)   
    **Deduct $15 if you have a ticket from the March 2020 CJFF or if you were a sponsor with unused free sponsor tickets
    $15 per person - Film & Q & A only (**free for previous CJFF 2020 sponsors with remaining tickets or previous Budapest Noir ticket
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     **If you are unsure of your previous ticket or sponsor status, please email