Hungarian director Marta Meszaros to receive European Lifetime Award – The Hollywood Reporter



Pioneering Hungarian filmmaker Marta Meszaros will this year receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Film Academy.

the beginnings of Meszaros, the girl (1968) is the first Hungarian feature film directed by a woman. During her long career, Meszaros has largely focused on the lives of women, often drawing on the experiences of her own family.

Meszaros celebrated its international breakthrough in 1975 with Adoption, an intimate portrayal of the bond between a lonely middle-aged woman and a 17-year-old girl, who won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival, the first time a female director has won first prize at the Berlinale.

Nine months, the story of a young woman working in a factory who is seduced by the manager, won the Fipresci prize for international criticism in Cannes in 1977. Her follow-up, Like at home, won the Silver Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 1978.

In a statement, the European Film Academy called Meszaros “one of the most important directors” in European cinema. This is the first EFA Lifetime Achievement Award to be awarded to a director for Central or Eastern Europe.

The arthouse screening platform MUBI will celebrate the award with a special focus on Meszaros, showing a selection of its films on its platform from mid-November.

Meszaros will receive his honor at the 34th European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin on December 11.


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