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István Szabó’s works to be screened at the New York Film Forum

Newly remastered István Szabó films Mephisto, Confidence and Colonel Redl will be screened at the Film Forum cinema in New York this month.

In the framework of the National Digitalization and Film Renovation Program, the remastering of István Szabó’s world-famous works was completed with the support of the Hungarian Academy of Arts in cooperation with the Film Archive, the Film Lab, the Focus Fox Studio and the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers (HSC).

Following the New York Film Forum premiere, all three films will be screened at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles. 

As one of the greatest talents of the Hungarian new wave in the early sixties, Szabó exploded into the world of cinematography with light and personal films such as Age of Illusions, Father or Love, and with his many historical films beginning with Confidence.

Confidence (1979), starring Peter Andorai and Ildikó Bánsági, takes place at the end of the Second World War, a Kafkanian illustration of a stranger’s love affair. The film won the Silver Bear for Best Director award at the former “West Berlin” Film Festival. Subsequently, it was shortlisted for Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category in New York that same year.

This marked the beginning of a series of almost unprecedented successes in cinematography around the world, with four consecutive films by Szabó achieving Oscar nomination, and winning the 1982 Academy Award for Mephisto.

More than 30 years later, Szabó is still going strong and his latest film, The Final Report, will be screened in Hungarian cinemas on February 27 and will showcase worldwide soon afterwards.

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