János Szász

Born in Budapest in 1958. Graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Art Budapest as a script-editor in 1982, and as a director in 1986. Also worked regularly for television and for theatre as a stage director.
Member of the European Film Academy, member of the Directors Guild of America.

Director of the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard, Cambridge, MA (2001-2003). Faculty member of the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard, Cambridge, MA.

Lecturer at the University of Theatre and Film Art, Budapest in film direction; also tutor at the acting masterclass.


Selected filmography:

The Butcher, the Whore and the One-eyed Man / A hentes, a kurva és a félszemű – feature


The Notebook / Le Grand Cahier / A nagy füzet – feature 

  • Academy Awards Shortlisted – US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classic
  • Karlovy Vary IFF: Grand Prix – Crystal Globe, Europa Cinemas Label 
  • Chicago IFF: Jury Special Mention (Piroska Molnár)
  • Les Arcs European Film Festival: Young Jury Prize
  • Haiga Film Festival: Special Mention
  • Hungarian Film Festival in Los Angeles: Best Film, Best Actress (Piroska Molnár), Best Actors (András Gyémánt and László Gyémánt)


Opium – Diary of a Madwoman / Ópium – Egy elmebeteg nő naplója – feature

  • Hungarian Film Week: Best Director, Best Cinematography (Tibor Máthé), Best Sound Prize, Foreign Critics’ Gene Moskowitz Prize
  • Moscow IFF: Best Female Interpretation: Kirsti Stuboe
  • Fantasporto: Best Feature Film's Manoel de Oliveira Award, Best Actress: Kirsti Stubo


Eyes of the Holocaust (part of Broken Silence series) – documentary

Producer: James Mall, Executive producer: Steven Spielberg


The Funeral / Temetés – short

  • Kraków Film Festival: Special Prize of the Jury
  • Antalya IFF: Golden Orange for Best Short


The Witman Boys / Witman fiúk – feature

  • Hungarian Film Week: Best Cinematography (Tibor Máthé), Foreign Critics’ Gene Moskowitz Prize
  • Cannes Official Selection „Un Certain Regard”
  • Hungarian Entry for the Academy Awards
  • Moscow IFF: Best Director, FIPRESCI Prize
  • Ghent Film Festival: Grand Prix, Brussels L’Age d’Or
  • Chicago IFF: Silver Hugo
  • Tromso Film Festival: Main Prize, Audience Prize


Woyzeck– feature

  • European Film Academy: Felix Prize - Best Young European Film
  • Hungarian Entry for the Academy Awards
  • Hungarian Film Week: Grand Prix, Best Cinematography (Tibor Máthé), Best Actor (Lajos Kovács), Foreign Critics’ Gene Moskowitz Prize
  • Independent Producers’ Prize
  • Chicago IFF: Golden Plaque
  • Strassbourg Film Festival: Grand Prix
  • Thessaloniki IFF: Best Director, Best Actor (Lajos Kovács)
  • Bergamo: Silver Rose
  • Sotchi: FIPRESCI Prize
  • Valladolid IFF: Best Cinematography
  • Camerimage Festival: Golden Frog to Tibor Máthé


Don’t Disturb! – feature

  • Moscow IFF: Certificate of Merit
  • Bogotá IFF: Best Director
  • Bratislava IFF: Best Foreign Film

Films in our database

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Best Director