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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

Judit Elek

Filmmaker and screenwriter Judit ELEK (1937, Budapest) graduated in 1961 from the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest (now the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest), and joined Mafilm as an assistant director. She is one of the founders of the Béla Balázs Studio for young filmmakers. Between 1962 and 2011, she made multiple short films, documentaries and features. The renowned film Maria’s Day (1984) screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. She was also one of the participants in the IFFR jubilee project 25 Encounters. Elek’s films are the subject of a focus programme at IFFR 2023, featuring titles such as Encounter (1963), Inhabitants of Castles in Hungary in 1966 (1966) and On the Field of God in 1972-73 (1973).


Találkozás/Encounter (1963), Kastélyok lakói/Inhabitants of Castles in Hungary in 1966 (1966), Meddig él az ember?/How Long Does Man Live? (1968), Sziget a szárazföldön/The Lady from Constantinople (1969), Találkozunk 1972-ben (Sötétben-világosban)/We Will Meet in 1972 – In Dark and in Light (1972), Istenmezején 1972-73-ban/On the Field of God in 1972-73 (1973), Az első fénykép/Tamás Cseh: The First Photo (1974), Egyszerű történet/A Commonplace Story (1975), Majd holnap/Maybe Tomorrow (1979), Vizsgálat Martinovics Ignác szászvári apát és társainak ügyében/The Trial of Martinovics and the Hungarian Jacobins (1981), Mária-nap/Maria’s Day (1984), Tutajosok/Memories of a River (1989), Ébredés/Awakening (1995), Mondani a mondhatatlant – Elie Wiesel üzenete/To Speak the Unspeakable – The Message of Elie Wiesel (1996), Egy szabad ember – Fisch Ernő élete/A Free Man – The Life of Ernő Fisch (1998), A hét nyolcadik napja/The Eighth Day of the Week (2006), És a halottak újra énekelnek/After All the Dead Sing Again… (2018), Visszatérés – Retrace (digital director’s cut) (2019)

Judit Elek at IFFR