Balaton Method

This documentary journey, which explores the landscape surrounding Hungary’s largest lake and its recreational resorts, includes live concert footage of eighteen local bands – well-established names and newcomers to the music scene alike.

Their performances, including the participation of a hundred other musicians, are recorded at various times of day in diverse locations, ranging from harbours and hotel balconies to churches, helping to create a portrait of the distinctive atmosphere at each of the sites.

This independent musical road movie shot around Lake Balaton is the first Hungarian feature-length film financed through a crowd-funding campaign.

Our international premiere was at the Jihlava International Documentary Festival in 2015.


  • Directed by Bálint Szimler
  • Cinematography by Marcell Rév
  • Editors: Zsófia Ördög, Áron Mezei
  • Production designer: Nóra Takács
  • Sound by: Péter Benjámin Lukács, Viktor Lente, Gábor Deutsch
  • Producers: Gábor Osváth, Gábor Kovács, Árpád Szirmai
  • Co-producers: Gábor Rajna, Attila Faragó
  • Executive producers: András Pires Muhi, Tamás Csutak
  • Production manager: Veronika Nemes-Jeles
Bálint Szimler

Bálint Szimler


Born in Hungary but raised in the USA, Bálint Szimler got enrolled to the University of Theatre and Film Arts of Budapest in 2006. His third year short film ‘Here I Am’ won the Hungarian Film Week, was selected to be at Cannes Cinefondation and was later a European Film Awards nominee. After the school he created the Kodály Method video series with his frequent collaborator, DOP Marcell Rév. In 2015, he directed 'Balaton Method' the feature music film, which became the most successful documentary in Hungary, and an official selection at the prestigious Jihlava International Documentary Festival. He currently directs commercials and writes his first fiction feature. The Samsung - See Colors commercial he made, won two bronze lions at Cannes Lions in 2016.

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