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Zoltán Kamondi Director, Scriptwriter, Producer was born in 1960 in Budapest. After finishing his studies at the Faculty of Art, he went on to get a degree in film directing at the Academy of Drama and Film, where he graduated in 1988. He has won many awards with his short films at festivals. His greatest success was his examination film Kiki and the Males which won the Best Direction Award at the West-Berlin Short Film Festival.
Between 1986 and 1988 he was a member of the directors’ board of Balázs Béla Film Studio. In 1987 he was a founding member of the Young Artists’ Studio (FMS) revived by Jolán Árvai. He made the studio’s first film The Subconscious Station, which was also his diploma film. In 1989 he worked as a war-correspondent for Japanese and French television and Radio Free Europe during the Romanian revolution. At the same time he worked together with Károly Makk as script writer and co-director.
In 1990 he made his first film Paths of Death and Angels which was screened in Cannes (Sélection Officielle “Un Certain Regard") and won the Best Film Music Award in San Remo.
- In 1997 he began shooting The Hungarian Speckled Variety, a documentary series, parts of which have been completed.
- In 1996 his video film Golden Deck-chair was released and it won the Best Direction Award at the 27th Hungarian Film Week.
- In 1999 his feature film The Alchemist and the Virgin was released. The film won the Best Independent Feature Award at the Manchester International Film Festival in the US.
- In 2001 he made a 25-hour documentary about the life and work of the Hungarian poet György Petri,
- In 2002 he made his third feature film Temptations. It was officially selected in Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival. This same year he started teaching at the Hungarian Film Academy. In 2003 he was awarded the Balázs Béla Prize.
- In 2007 he completed his fourth feature film Dolina based on the novel ‘The Archbishop’s Visit’ by Ádám Bodor on which he has been working ever since 1999. It was presented at the 38th Hungarian Film Week where it was awarded the Best Artistic Contribution.
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