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Budapest, the best


Cycling on a Danube-bridge, drinking in a ruin pub, partying at the Sziget festival, visiting the parliament building, sitting at the stairs of the Saint Stephen Basilica, admiring the biggest synagogue of Europe, going to a concert on the A38 ship (voted world’s best bar and concert venue by Lonely Planet in 2012), playing chess in the Széchenyi bath, watching a film while bathing at Cinetrip party, in a Turkish bath.

All that is Budapest, shown in a short movie called “Thank you is köszönöm”.

Budapest: Thank You is Koszonom from Umbrella on Vimeo.

In the six-minute film a Cleveland-born young American tells why Budapest is one of the most fantastic cities he has ever lived in. Michael Globits arrived in the Hungarian capital some years ago aiming to stay one month, but fell in love with it so much that he decided to stay there.

- We wanted to make a film which breaks out from the traditional line presenting the Hungarian image with the Rubik’s cube, the ballpoint pen and Béla Bartók. We should give people things they are interested in, when they want to pass 3-4 days in a city – said the director of the short movie, Zsolt Ruszthi to Euronews. The film is targeting people in their 20s, 30s and early 40s. These kinds of films do not often reach their goals in Central-Eastern-Europe, because they try to promote something that young Western people are not eager to see, – he added.

The rather no-budget than low-budget film was made as a hobby. Vízkelety Márton (cameraman), Csáki László (animation), Zagar (music) and other contributors worked almost for free.

In just a few weeks 220 000 people watched the short movie on the internet. The team is preparing two new films: a French girl and an Italian boy will tell what Budapest means for them.

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