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László Nemes

Born in 1977 in Budapest, Hungary. After studying History, International Relations and Screenwriting in Paris, he worked as an assistant director in France and Hungary on short and feature films. For two years, he worked as Béla Tarr’s assistant and subsequently studied film directing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. 


His shorts have been awarded thirty prizes in more than 100 international film festivals. After beginning to write his screenplay at the Cannes Residence, he developed his first feature film, Son of Saul, alongside cowrite Clara Royer, at the 2013 edition of the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab with Israeli mentor Koby Gal Raday. Son of Saul premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The film, the only debut feature in official competition, received overwhelming reviews from both critics and festival-goers alike, and went on the win the festival’s Grand Prix, the FIPRESCI prize, was sold to Sony Pictures Classics and will represent Hungary at the 2016 Academy Awards. Nemes will screen Son of Saul at the 2015 Sam Spiegel International Film Lab’s closing events and will speak to the Lab’s guest about making the film.

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