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Academy Award-Winning Hungarian Director Celebrated in Vienna

Hungary Today 2023.12.01.
Director István Szabó at the premier of his most recent drama, Final Report

On December 4, a special film screening will be held at the Collegium Hungaricum in Vienna, in the presence of leading actor Klaus Maria Brandauer and director István Szabó, to present the Hungarian drama, Final Report.

Klaus Maria Brandauer and István Szabó have written a success story together and are still grateful to each other: the Austrian Brandauer’s international film career began thanks to the legendary Hungarian director, reports Kultura.hu.

Their first film together, Mephisto (1981), a film adaptation of Klaus Mann’s novel of the same name, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Their subsequent movies, Colonel Redl (1985) and Hanussen (1988), were also nominated for Academy Awards, and all three films have received numerous other accolades.

Golden Globe-winner Klaus Maria Brandauer and Hungarian actor Károly Eperjes in the movie Final Report. Photo via Facebook/Zárójelentés

On December 4, Szabó and Brandauer will be celebrated on the occasion of their birthdays with a screening of their latest film, Final Report (2020).

In the latest movie by Oscar-winning director István Szabó, Professor Stephanus (Klaus Maria Brandauer) is unexpectedly retired. The doctor is reluctant to give up his profession, so) he says goodbye to his colleagues at the hospital, moves back to his home village, and starts working as a district doctor, much to the delight of the locals. The reunion with his childhood sweetheart and best friend touches the doctor, who has been torn from his secure environment. However, his experiences in the village are not all positive. He also becomes embroiled in petty but damaging political battles that prevent him from dwelling on the past or experimenting with the idea of a new life. Stephanus is forced to learn, at his own expense, that he can only reckon with the ghosts of the past by facing the present.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers in person, moderated by Dr. Márton Méhes, Director of the Collegium Hungaricum in Vienna, and actress Mercedes Echerer.

The film will be screened in Hungarian with English subtitles at the Collegium Hungaricum on December 4, 2023 at 7 p.m.


István Szabó is one of the most notable Hungarian filmmakers since the late 1960s. Szabó’s films are based on the tradition of the European auteurism that represent many aspects of the political and psychological conflicts of Central Europe’s recent history often inspired by his own personal biography.

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Via kultura.hu, Featured image via Facebook/Zárójelentés

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