President Bush appreciates Children of Glory - 31st October

Producer Andy Vajna and movie director Krisztina Goda enjoyed a special honour on Sunday evening: their jointly helmed film was the first Hungarian movie shown privately to a U.S. President and his guests. The event was a tribute by the White House and the President’s guests to Hungary and the 50th anniversary of the revolution .

The screening is of distinctive importance given that movies are rarely shown at the White House. It is also an extraordinary gesture from George W. Bush that despite his numerous duties he devoted nearly five hours to Children of Glory.

Apart from Vajna and Goda the White House also hosted at the exclusive screening of the movie Nancy Goodman Brinker and April H. Foley, the former and the current U.S. Ambassador to Hungary. George Pataki, Governor of New York State, András Simonyi, Hungarian Ambassador to the United States and György Oláh, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry also attended. In representation of the movie industry, Tony Curtis   was also present and Hungarian tycoon Sándor Demján, executive producer of the film, and his wife attended, as well.

The end credits were ensued by sustained applause and the First Lady and the President both expressed their heartfelt congratulations to Vajna.

Children of Glory remains a huge attraction in Hungary. Over 128,000 people have already watched it in cinemas nationwide. Meanwhile, the international career of the movie continues. Children of Glory will  be screened at a special gala on 2 November at the American Film Market in Los Angeles.