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Gyula Gazdag


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Gyula Gazdag is a director of film, theatre, and television. He has been a Professor at TFT since 1993 and has served as the Artistic Director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab since 1997.

He has been a creative advisor at the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam since 2002 and at the Script Station of the Berlinale Talent Campus since 2006.

His numerous feature films include "A Hungarian Fairy Tale," which won a Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival. It was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the "Village Voice" and the Best Feature Film of the year by the Hungarian Film Critics and it screened at 20 film festivals worldwide, including the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.

Gazdag's other films include "Stand Off" (Special Jury Prize, San Sebastián International Film Festival), "Lost Illusions" (Best Screenplay, Hungarian Film Week), "The Whistling Cobblestone" (Best First Feature, Hungarian Film Critics), "Swap" and "Singing on the Treadmill."

Gazdag has also directed many documentaries, including "A Poet on the Lower East Side" (one of the last documentaries made on Allen Ginsberg), "Hungarian Chronicles," "Package Tour" (Berlinale Forum des Jungen Films 1985), "The Banquet," "The Resolution" (named on one of the best 100 documentaries of all time by the International Documentary Association), "The Selection" and "The Long Distance Runner."

Most of Gazdag's films had been banned for shorter or longer periods of time in Communist Hungary, some also had been denied foreign exhibition. 

For the stage, he directed "Candide," "The Bald Soprano," "The Abduction From the Seraglio," "The Tempest," "Tom Jones," "The Hothouse" and many other plays.