Árpád Sopsits

(Born in 1952, Szeged, Hungary)

He graduated in adult education and library studies at the Debrecen Teachers' Training Institute.
He studied film and television directing at the Hungarian Academy of Theatre and Film Art between 1975 and 1980. He wrote scripts for many years and worked as a director’s assistant.
His first feature film Shooting Gallery was made in 1989 and had it’s world premiere immediately at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, where it received his first award, followed by many others.
His two other feature films, Videoblues and Abandoned  were awarded  in Locarno and Berlin respectively, and became, as many of his short films,  real festival hits.
He is also an internationally well known stage director.
Hungarian Awards: Béla Balázs Award (1994)

Filmography

1978: Free Pass into the Bomb-Crater /Szabadjegy a bombatölcsérbe (short film)
          1978, Oberhausen: Ecumenical Jury’s Prize
1980: Grand Cafe Niagara /Niagara Nagykávéház (short film)
1989: Shooting Gallery /Céllövölde (feature)
           1990, Budapest, Hungarian Film Week: Special Prize, Foreign Critics’ Gene Moskowitz Prize                                                      
           1990, Cannes: Juvenile Jury's Certificate of Merit
           1990, Chicago: Gold Plaque to Tibor Klöpfler (Best Cinematography)
           1990, Bergamo: Bronze „Rosa Camuna”, FIPRESCI-Prize
           1990, Ghent: Distribution Prize
           1991, Hungarian Film- and TV-Critics' Best Cinematography Prize to Tibor Klöpfler
           1991, Lagów: Golden Grape
1992: Videoblues /Videoblues (feature)
          1992, Locarno: Juvenile Jury's Prize
          1993, Budapest, 24th Hungarian Film Week: Best Director’s Prize
          1993, Potsdam: Grand Prize
          1993, Varna: Prize of the Student Jury
1994: Fear and Trembling (Interlude) /Félelem és reszketés (Közjáték) (short film/TV)
1995: Ritual /Rítus (experimental / TV)
1996: Lost Leading Man /Derengő (TV)
1998: Fly Trap /Légyfogó (TV)
1998: The Negative Man /A negatív ember (documentary/TV)
2000: Abandoned /Torzók (feature)
          2001, Budapest, Hungarian Film Week: Best Director Prize, Best Supporting Actor Prize to Pál Mácsai
          2001, Montreal:  Main Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
          2001, Chicago: Gold Plaque to Tamás Mészáros (Young Talent)
          2001, Berlin: Prix Europa Special
          2001, Strasbourg: Diploma of the Forum du Cinéma Européen
          2001, Belgrade: Special Mention of the Yugoslav section of FIPRESCI, Special Prize of AFAS to Péter Szatmári for his cinematography
          2001, Los Angeles: Hungarian Entry to the Academy Awards
          2002, Budapest : Hungarian Film and TV-Critics’ Best Direction Prize, Best Supporting Actor Prize to Pál Mácsai
          2002, Bergamo: Silver Rosa Camuna
          2002, Giffoni: Bronze Griff, Prize of the City of Giffoni
          2002, Rimouski: Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, CIFEJ – Award
          2002, Laon: Prize of the President of the French Republic
          2002, Zlin: Main Prize of the „Films from the Visegrad Countries” Section
          2002, Bellinzona: Ambiente e Salute: Qualita di Vita
2003: István Harasztý /Harasztý István (portrait / TV)
2005: Rhythms /Ritmusok (short film)
2006: Circle /Forgás (short film)
2006: Mood Swings /Kilengések (short film)
2007: Panorama /Panoráma (short film)
2009: The Seventh Circle /A hetedik kör (feature)
          2010: Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival: Black Tulip for Best Feature Film
2010: Exitium – The Sounds of Destruction – Rythms 5 /Exitium - A pusztulás hangjai – ritmusok V. (short film)
2014: The Moment – about Robert Capa /A pillanat (short film)
2016: Strangled /A martfűi rém (feature)

Films in our database

Director, Screenplay, Visual design
2016
2009
Screenplay, Director, Music
2006
Director, Music
2005
Director, Screenplay
2001
Director, Screenplay
1996
Screenplay, Director
1992

Awards

2017
Hungarian Film Award for Best Director