Istvan Szabo

Director, Screenwriter, Teacher
Istvan Szabo has emerged as one of the most important Hungarian filmmakers of the 20th Century. The Central European experience, from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the Warsaw Pact, is the key to the content of his ... Read more »
Born: 02/18/1938 in Budapest, HU

Filmography

Director (17)

Utas es holdvilag 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Door 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Rokonok 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Being Julia 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Taking Sides 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Ten Minutes Older: The Cello 2002 (Movie)

("Ten Minutes After") (Director)

Sunshine 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Meeting Venus 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Hanussen 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Colonel Redl 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Mephisto 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Bizalom 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Tuzolto Utca 25 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Szerelmesfilm 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Age of Illusions 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Father 1966 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (16)

The Door 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Albert Nobbs 2011 (Movie)

(Story By)

Rokonok 2006 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Sunshine 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sunshine 2000 (Movie)

(From Story)

Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Meeting Venus 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hanussen 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Colonel Redl 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mephisto 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bizalom 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bizalom 1978 (Movie)

(From Story)

Tuzolto Utca 25 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Szerelmesfilm 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Age of Illusions 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Father 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (8)

I Served the King of England 2008 (Movie)

Wealthy Investor (Actor)

Shem 2006 (Movie)

Apparition in Cemetery (Actor)

Franciska Vasarnapjai 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

World of Film 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Iskolakerulok 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tusztortenet 1989 (Movie)

Dr Kalman (Actor)

Fabian Balint Talalkozasa Istennel 1979 (Movie)

Andras (Actor)

Magyarok 1978 (Movie)

Abris Kondor (Actor)

Biography

Istvan Szabo has emerged as one of the most important Hungarian filmmakers of the 20th Century. The Central European experience, from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the Warsaw Pact, is the key to the content of his films as well as their symbolic structure. There may even be an implied metaphor in a film like "Colonel Redl" (1985) between the complex social atmosphere and political issues in the old imperial dynasty and the modern people's republic. His output perhaps reached a culmination in 1999 with the epic "Sunshine," which followed the rise and fall of a Jewish Hungarian family from the late 19th Century to the mid-1960s.

Relationships

Father
Jewish converted to Catholicism in 1944 died soon after WWII of heart failure

EDUCATION

Academy for Theater and Film Art

Budapest 1956 - 1961
graduated; made diploma film "Konzert/Concert"

Milestones

2004

Directed Annette Bening in "Being Julia" based on the W. Somerset Maugham novel

2001

Directed Stellan Skarsgård in "Taking Sides," a tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic

1999

Received widespread acclaim for the English-language "Sunshine/A Taste of Sunshine"; screened at Toronto Film Festival

1991

English-language debut, "Meeting Venus", starring Glenn Close

1988

Third collaboration with Brandauer, "Hanussen" also received Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award nomination

1985

Directed "Colonel Redl", based on espionage scandal in Austrian army just prior to WWI and on John Osbourne's play "A Patriot for Me"; received Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar nomination

1981

Adapted (with screenwriter Peter Dobai) the roman-a-clef "Mephisto" for German television; focused on an actor who finds a mentor in a top Nazi general; first film with Klaus Maria Brandauer; earned the Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award

1979

Breakthrough feature "Bizalom/Confidence"; garnered international attention and festival awards; first of six films with director of photography Lajos Koltai; earned a 1980 Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film

1979

Directed "The Green Bird" for German television

1976

Helmed the modern allegory "Budapest Tales/Budapesti mesek"

1974

First TV film, "Premiere"

1973

Moved into darker, more experimental works by crafting a film with a building as its central character, "Tuzolto utea 25/25 Fireman's Street"

1969

Helmed first color film "Szerelmesfilm/Love Film", an unofficial sequel to "Apa"

1966

Directed second feature, "Apa/Father"

1964

First feature-length film, "Almodozasok Kora/The Age of Daydreaming"; film starred Andras Balint

1961

First short film as director, the thesis film "Konzert/Concert"

Helmed the shorts "Variaciok egy temara/Variations Upon a Theme" (1961) and "Te/You" (1963)

Lectured at Academy for Theatre and Film Art

Born and raised in Budapest

Joined Bela Balazs Studio as assistant after graduation

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