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:

2017
The Butcher, the Whore and the One-eyed Man / A hentes, a kurva és a félszemű – feature

 

2013
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)

 

2007
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

 

2002
Eyes of the Holocaust (part of Broken Silence series) – documentary

Producer: James Mall, Executive producer: Steven Spielberg

 

1998
The Funeral / Temetés – short

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

 

1997
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

 

1994
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

 

1990
Don’t Disturb! – feature

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

Films

Hungarian ID Cast
Opium - Diary of a Madwoman Screenplay
Opium - Diary of a Madwoman Director
Don't Disturb! Director
Don't Disturb! Screenplay
Don't Disturb! Writer
Funeral Screenplay
Funeral Director
The Witman Boys Director
The Witman Boys Screenplay
Woyzeck Director
Woyzeck Screenplay
Le Grand Cahier Director
Le Grand Cahier Screenplay
The Butcher, The Whore And The One Eyed Man Director
The Butcher, The Whore And The One Eyed Man Screenplay

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