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Oscar-Winning Hungarian Director István Szabó Honored at Belgrade International Film Festival

By Fanni Kaszás // 2018.02.26.

Oscar winning Hungarian director István Szabó received the special award “Belgrade Victor” in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film art at the FEST Belgrade International Film Festival this weekend.

Szabó, who won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for Mephisto in 1982, received the award together with Serbian actress Neda Arnerić, while the Belgrade Victor creative achievement award went to director Karen Shakhnazarov and British director Roland Joffe.

Accepting the honor, the 80-year-old director spoke with high regard about his friendship with Serbian actor and director Ljubiša Samardžić, who died last year, as well as with Serbian director Dušan Makaveje,v and Serbian-Hungarian actress and writer Eva Ras.

The trailer of Szabó’s most famous film, Mephisto, based on Klaus Mann’s novel:

Márta Mészáros’s film Aurora Borealis will compete for the main award of the 46th FEST along with 15 other films from Denmark, Iran, China, Argentina, Lebanon, Greece, Croatia, the USA, Russia, Italy and Switzerland.

Following in Szabó’s footsteps, Ildikó Enyedi’s On Body and Soul will be competing on Sunday for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 90th Academy Awards. If On Body and Soul wins, this will be the third year in a row that a Hungarian film will have received an Oscar. Last year, Kristóf Deák’s Sing won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, while in 2016 the Holocaust drama Son of Saul, directed by László Nemes, took home that year’s Foreign Language Oscar.

You can watch Szabó’s 1982 Oscar acceptance speech here:

via MTI, FEST Film Festival

featured photo: FEST Film Festival Facebook