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By Robert Velkey // 2016.08.18.

In our weekly series, we write about celebrities – artists, actors, musicians, sport stars and scientists – who have some Hungarian origin, yet only few would consider them as “par excellence Hungarians”. In many cases even the persons concerned know/knew only very little about their Hungarian roots, while others are/were proud of their “Magyar” background despite lacking the ability to speak the language of their parents or grandparents. Our twenty-seventh target is: 

Nimród E. Antal the director of the iconic Hungarian movie Kontroll; and the movie with the Metallica, titled Metallica Through the Never.


Nimród E. Antal was born on the 30th of November 1973, in Los Angeles, California to parents of Hungarian ancestry. In 1991, following his father’s advice the young student moved to Hungary to study at the Hungarian Film Academy as it was his dream, once he will be a filmmaker. He graduated in 1996 and after graduating he began work in the film and television industry. His first steps to the soptlight were his clips and adverts in the late 90s. First clip of Antal was made for the well-known Hungarian band Quimby. According to him it is one of the best ones:

The first great success: the Kontroll

Antal wrote and directed the Hungarian-language film Kontroll (2003), which won numerous awards, including the Award of the Youth at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and the main prize at the Chicago International Film Festival, as well as a European Film Award nomination for Best Director.

The backdrop of the film is the Budapest Metro subway system. Kontroll, refers to the act of ticket inspectors checking to ensure a rider has paid their fare. Well, the inspector’s life sometimes much more dangerous than we can imagine… You can watch the trailer of the movie here:

You can watch the full movie with English subtitles too… have fun!

Movie with the Metallica – Through the Nothing

The Hungarian director moved back to California to make a movie with the world-famous Metallica.


The movie directed by Nimród Antal is featuring the American heavy metal band Metallica. Its title is derived from the song “Through the Never” off the band’s self-titled 1991 album. It follows a young roadie, Trip’s (Dane DeHaan) surreal misadventures intercut with concert footage shot in Vancouver and Edmonton in August 2012.

The trailer tells more about the movie then our lines could:

On the 11th of June Nimród E. Antal started the shooting of his next “Hungarian” movie. You can read about this one in our previous article: Film about Hungary’s legendary “Whiskey robber”


Previously on Hungarian Roots:

Tim Howard, goalkeeper for English club Everton and US national team

Rachel Weisz, English film and theatre actress and former fashion model

Alanis Morissette, Canadian alternative rock singer-songwriter and actress

Gene Simmons, musician, songwriter, guitarist and co-lead singer of rock band KISS

Béla Lugosi, Hungarian-American actor, famous for portraying Count Dracula in 1931

Kesha, US singer, songwriter and rapper

Louis C. K., world-famous US comedian

Adrien Brody, Oscar-winning American actor

Joaquin Phoenix, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning US actor

Don Shula, Legendary American football coach

Drew Barrymore, US actress, model and producer

Paul Simon, American songwriter, singer and guitarist

Uri Geller, Israeli illusionist and self-proclaimed “psychic”

Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, American actress

Hungarian Roots: Andy Vajna, Hungarian-American Film Producer Of The “Terminator” Series

Joe Eszterhas, Top Hollywood Screenwriter

Edward Teller, “Father of the Hydrogen Bomb”

Harry Houdini, Hungarian-Americal magician, illusionist, escapologist and stunt performer

Peter Falk, world-famous American actor known as lieutenant Culumbo

William Fox, the man who forgot to sleep and founded 20th Century Fox

Tommy Ramone, drummer of cultic punk rock band “The Ramones’

George Pataki, former three-term governor of New York

Michael “Flea” Balzary, founding member and bassist of rock band Red Hot Chilli Peppers

The greatest war photographer in the world, Robert Capa

Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-French painter known as the grandfather of the “op-art” movement

Monica Seles, former world-class tennis player

Mark Knopfler, frontman of rock band dire straits