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U.T. Dallas Holocaust Studies Program To Honor
Legendary Director Will Receive Humanitarian Award, Host Film Festival
RICHARDSON, Texas (Jan. 6, 2003) - Academy Award-winning Hungarian filmmaker István Szabó will visit The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) early next month to receive a humanitarian award and host a film festival showcasing his work. He also will lead a series of discussions about the historical perspectives of his various films and the art of filmmaking, among other topics.
The festival will begin Sunday, Feb. 2, and continue through Feb. 5 and is free and open to the public. The humanitarian award will be presented to Szabó at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 on behalf of UTD's Holocaust Studies Program, the Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series and the School of Arts and Humanities in recognition of his cinematic achievements, including his efforts to recount one of the most troubling events of modern history - the Holocaust - with great artistry and sensitivity.
Firmly established as one of the most distinguished and influential filmmakers of his generation and recognized for creating and writing almost all of his own screenplays, Szabó is best known for winning the 1981 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film for the historical drama, Mephisto. He went on to collect nearly 20 awards for the film. Throughout his career, Szabó has stayed loyal to his home country of Hungary, where he began his career at the Academy of the Art of Theatre and Film in the early 1960's. He has won more than 60 major international awards and most recently directed the film Sunshine.
"We are thrilled to have someone of Mr. Szabó's talent and stature visit our campus," said Dr. Dennis Kratz, dean of UTD's School of Art and Humanities. "We look forward to having him educate our students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, about his work and the horrors of the Holocaust that led to the creation of some of his most important films. His work stands as an inspiration to all of us."
Following is the schedule for Szabó's visit:
All events will take place at UTD's Conference Center Auditorium. For more information, please contact Debbie Pfister at 972-883-4440 or [email protected].
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