Szabó is the most internationally famous Hungarian filmmaker since the late 1960s.[1] Working in the tradition of European, auteurist art cinema, he has made films that represent many of the psychological and political conflicts of his own and Central Europe?s history. He achieved international success with Mephisto (1981), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Since then, most of Szabó’s films have been international co-productions filmed in a variety of languages and European locations. He has continued to make some films in Hungarian, however, and even in his international co-productions, he often films in Hungary and uses Hungarian talent.

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