Pál Sándor Biography

Pál Sándor, Managing Director of Hunnia Filmstudio, is a renowned director and producer of both the Hungarian and international film industry. After graduating the Theatre and Film Academy as a film director, he worked from the mid-nineteen sixties in Studio 3 of Mafilm and close to twenty years in Hunnia Filmstudio where he was deputy director between 1985 and 1989. Pál Sándor was a long-time teacher of the Theatre and Film Academy. For over ten years he was the owner and Managing Director of Novofilm, a Hungarian-German film production company. In 2000 he founded his own film production firm, Filmstreet.  
Since 2003 Pál Sándor has been the Managing Director of Hunnia Filmstudio, Hungary’s largest film production company annually making 2 – 3 full length features, short films and documentaries. Pál Sándor holds the most prestigious Hungarian film awards: the Kossuth Prize, the Béla Balázs Prize and the Outstanding and Excellent Artist Award, along with 24 international accolades like the Silver Bear from Berlin, the Fipresci Prize from Cannes, the Silver Hugo from Chicago, and the Critics’ Prize from Karlovy Vary, just to name a few.
 

Filmography

Director:

  • Noah’s Ark (Noé bárkája) – 2007
  • Fire! Fire! (Makk-Jancsó-Sándor) – 1997
    • 1997 – Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize, Prize for Camera Work to Tamás Sas, Prize for the Best Actress, Enikő Eszenyi, Prize for the Best Actor, Gyula Benkő
  • Let’s Love One Another (Szeressük egymást, gyerekek!) – 1996
  • Miss Arizona – 1987, Protagonists: Marcello Mastroianni, Hanna Schygulla
  • Just a Movie (Csak egy mozi) – 1985, Protagonist: Jean-Pierre Léaud
  • Daniel Takes a Train (Szerencsés Dániel) – 1982
    • 1983 – Hungarian Feature Film Festival: First Prize of the Public Jury, The Best Actor Award for Tamás Végvári, the Professional Jury’s Prize for the Best Actor, Gyula Bodrogi and the Best Actress, Mari Törőcsik, Prize for the Costume Designer
    • Cannes: FIPRESCI-Award
    • 1984 – Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize for the Best Actor, Gyula Bodrogi
    • 1985 – Zimbabwe: Award for the Festival’s Most Inventive Film
    • 1986 – Gdansk: Award the Best Foreign Film
  • Salomon and Stock Show (Ripacsok) – 1981
    • 1981 – Hungarian Feature Film Festival: Prize for Camera Work to Elemér Ragályi
    • 1982 – Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize for Camera Work to Elemér Ragályi
  • Deliver Us from Evil (Szabadíts meg a gonosztól) – 1979
    • 1979 – Montreal, Prize for Camera Work to Elemér Ragályi
    • 1980 – Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize for Camera Work to Elemér Ragályi
  • A Strange Role (Herkülesfürdői emlék) – 1976
    • 1977 – Berlin, Silver Bear – Prize for the Best Director „CIDALC-Prize”
    • Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize for Camera Work to Elemér Ragályi
    • 1978 – Sao Paolo, II. Prize
  • Football of the Good Old Days (Régi idők focija) – 1973
    • 1974 – Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize: Grand Prix
    • Teheran: Special Prize of the Jury
    • 1984 – Palermo: Gold Award
  • Sarah, My Dear (Sárika, drágám) – 1970
    • 1970 – Hungarian Feature Film Festival: Prize for the Best Youth Film
  • Love Emily (Szeressétek Odor Emíliát!) – 1968
    • 1970 – Taormina: Volpi Prize
  • Clown on the Wall (Bohóc a falon) – 1967
    • 1968 – Hungarian Feature Film Festival: The Jury’s Award for Camera Work
    • Chicago: Award for the Best Youth Film
    • Karlovy Vary: Grand Prix of the Jury for the Screenplay, Certificate of the Technical Jury
    • Pécs 4th Film Festival: Award for D.O.P., János Zsombolyai
    • 1969 – Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize for D.O.P., János Zsombolyai
    • Phon Penh: Certificate

Producer:
  • The Last Report on Anna (Utolsó jelentés Annáról) – 2009
  • Vortex (Örvény) – 2009
  • Three Children, Three Futures (Három gyerek, három sors) – 2009
  • The Last Picture (Utolsó kép) – 2009
  • Praline (Ünnep) – 2009
  • Exitium (Rhythm V) The Sounds of Destruction (Exitium (Ritmusok V) A pusztulás hangjai) – 2009 
  • The Seventh Circle (A hetedik kör) – 2008
  • Solar Eclipse (Napfogyatkozás) – 2008
  • Parallel Death Patterns (Párhuzamos halálrajzok) – 2008
  • Literature (Irodalom) – 2008
  • Girls (Lányok) – 2007
  • Noah’s Ark (Noé bárkája) – 2007
  • Opium / Diary or a Mad Woman (Ópium / Egy elmebeteg nő naplója) – 2007
  • Railroad Junkies (Hasutasok) – 2007
  • True Death (Igazi halál) – 2007
  • Minus (Mínusz) – 2007
  • But Who are Those Lumnitzer Sisters? (De kik azok a Lumnitzer nővérek? – 2006
  • See You in Space! (Ég Veled!) – 2005
  • The Doll No. 639 (A 639. baba) – 2005
  • Heads Off! (Le a fejjel!) – 2004
  • Rhythm (Ritmusok) – 2004
  • The Show Fetish I-II (Showbálvány) – 2000
  • Underground – 1995 – Co-producer (Dir. Emir Kustruica)
  • Royce – 1994 (Lead: Jim Belushi) – Co-producer, (Dir. Rod Holcomb)
  • The long Shadow – 1992 (Main Cast: Liv Ullmann, Michael York) – Associate Producer (Dir. Vilmos Zsigmond
  • Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris – 1992 (Lead: Omar Sharif) – Co-producer, (Dir. Anthony Pullen   Shaw)
  • Stalin – 1992 (TV) – (Main Cast: Maximilian Schell, Robert Duvall) – Co-producer, 4 Emmy Nominations
  • Storm and Sorrow – 1990 – Co-producer, (Dir. Richard A. Colla)
  • Daughter of Darkness – 1990 (Lead: Anthony Perkins) – Co-producer, (Dir. Stuart Gordon)
Writer:
Actor:
  • Parallel Faces (Lányarcok tükörben) – 1972
  • Football of the Good Old Days (Régi idők focija) - 1972
  • Colonel Redl (Redl ezredes) – 1985, (Director: István Szabó)
Consultant:
  • Professor Vidor Minorka’s Great Day (Doktor Minorka Vidor nagy napja)
  • Those Who Wear Glasses (Szemüvegesek) – 1969
  • The Most Beautiful of Manhood (A legszebb férfikor) – 1971
  • The Philadelphia Attraction (Uramisten) – 1985