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Hungary boosts its movie-making reputation starting with The Grand Budapest Hotel film

Hungary boosts its movie-making reputation starting with The Grand Budapest Hotel film

Hungary continues to make a name for itself on the movie-making calendar as a popular country to shoot films. It came to prominence with Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ film, which is believed to be inspired by what is now Corinthia Hotel Budapest.

Recently, some of Hollywood’s hottest stars, including Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Lawrence, Harrison Ford, and Charlize Theron, were seen filming on location in Budapest.

Hungary is very attractive to Hollywood film producers because the country boasts well-trained professionals, state-of-the-art studios, and relatively low labor costs.  Furthermore, Budapest’s wide-ranging architecture can pass as Paris, London, Rome, or Berlin, and occasionally even New York.


The Hungarian National Film Fund also offers various tax incentives for filming here. Since its inception, the capacity of the film industry has tripled, and more than 100 Hungarian-made films have collected prestigious awards. The film industry contributes more to Hungary’s GDP than any other EU member states.

The Hungarian film industry is also gaining international recognition in Hollywood itself. Following the successful Oscar win last year of Son of Saul for Best Foreign Language Film, a Hungarian Live Action Short Film, Sing directed by Kristóf Deák (pictured above left) has also taken an Academy Award. Sing has already won the Grand Prix Prize at the Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo, the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Kids category, and the Adult Jury Prize in the Live-Action Short Film category at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

The 25-minute-long Sing “Mindenki,” takes place in Budapest in 1991. Inspired by a true story, it follows an award-winning school choir, their charming teacher, and the new girl in class whose arrival starts a series of events that might expose the dark truth behind their fame.

Gabor Varga, CEO of the Origo Film Group, believes Budapest can become the European Hollywood. “I think we have a great chance of that.”


First opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal, Corinthia Hotel Budapest remains one of the grandest hotels in the city. This impressive landmark, with an imposing Neo-classical façade and soaring six-storey glass atrium, was meticulously renovated in 2003, following its acquisition by Corinthia Hotels. It houses 439 luxurious rooms, including 31 suites and 26 apartments. Through its architecture and interior design, the hotel offers glimpses of a bygone age, and the building’s rich history seamlessly blends with state-of-the-art facilities and modern technology. The hotel’s original nineteenth-century Spa has been restored to reflect its former grandeur, while simultaneously offering ESPA’s cutting-edge treatments and technologies. Corinthia Budapest boasts the largest conference facilities of any of Hungary’s five star hotels. From authentic Far Eastern cuisine at the Rickshaw Restaurant, to traditional sweet Hungarian cakes and pastries, or a delicate selection of delicious Spanish tapas, every palate is catered for at the hotel’s four elegant eateries and two destination bars. Corinthia Budapest is a 21st-century grand hotel located in the heart of Budapest, created by experts with a passion for craftsmanship and an understanding of world-class service. Corinthia Budapest is an award-winning member of Corinthia Hotels’ collection of five-star hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta.

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