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LAJOS KOLTAI   HSC/ASC

 

Born: 2 April 1946, Budapest, Hungary.

Education: Színház- és Filmmüvészeti Fõiskola [now Színház- és Filmmüvészeti Egyetem]/Academy of Drama and Film, Faculty of Film and Television, Budapest [SFF] [one of his teachers was doph György Illés] [graduated in 1969].

Career: 'At 14, he shot his first 8mm movie during a family vacation. He later wrote, directed and photographed many small movies starring his classmates. His sister, who worked as an assistant director for the state television network, occasionally gave him rolls of outdated 16mm b&w film. One year, while Koltai was in his teens, he won first and second prizes at an amateur film festival. When Koltai graduated from high school, he wanted to study cinematography at Budapest's School of Drama and Film, but no openings were available. So he spent a year pulling focus on a live video camera at the national TV network. The following year, he was admitted as one of only a few new students at the Film Academy.' [From article by Bob Fisher on the ICG website.]

After graduation he worked at the Hungarian State Television and later at the Béla Balázs Studio shooting exp films, short features and doc's. In 1974, Koltai shot his first film [dir by István Szabó] for Hungarian tv.

Ph commercials.

Active member of the ASC since September 1992.

Professor at the Academy of Drama and Film, Budapest.

Awards: Béla Balázs Prize [1977]; 'Merited Artist' [1982]; 'Oscar' AA nom [1983] for 'Mephisto'; Kossuth Prize [1985]; Hungarian Film Week Award [1987] for 'Hajnali háztetök'; European Film Award [1999], Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1999] & 'David di Donatello' Award [1999] for 'La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano'; European Film Award [1999] for 'Sunshine'; 'Oscar' AA nom [2001] for 'Malèna'; ADF Cinematography Award [2002] for 'Taking Sides'; European Film Award nom [2004] for 'Being Julia'.


 

 FILMS AT THE SFF

1966

Vasasok [Tamás Farkas] ?

1966

A hetedik napon [Lajos Koltai] b&w; doc/13m

1966

Elöjáték [Gyula Gazdag] b&w; ?/17m

1966

Hippodrom [Lajos Koltai or Tamás Farkas] ?; ?/13m

1967

Csendes éj [Tamás Farkas] ?

1968

Három lányok [Dezsö Magyar] b&w; short/26m

1968

Határok [Maja Boriszova] ?

1969

Express kaland [Tamás Farkas] ?

 

 FILMS

1965

Kerítés [Lajos Koltai] ?; amateur film/?m

1965

Improvizációk [Lajos Koltai] ?; amateur film/?m

1969

Agitátorok/Propagandists/Agitators [Dezsö Magyar] b&w; docudrama/68m

1969

Vankó Imréné Dudás Juli/Vankóné Dudás Juli [Domokos Moldován] b&w; doc/25m

1970

Nászutak/Honeymoons [György Szomjas] b&w; doc/36m

1970

Illetlen fotók [Géza Böszörményi] b&w; doc/13m; cph: István Zöldi

1970

Lányok/Girls [György Szomjas] ?; doc/18m

1970

Sárospatak [Ferenc Kardos] ?; doc/8m

1971

Prés [Gyula Maár] b&w

1971

Archaikus torzó/Archaic Torso [Péter Dobai] b&w; doc/32m

1971

A harmadik/The Third One [Gábor Bódy] b&w; doc/50m

1971

A Lörinci fonóban/At the Lörinc Spinnery [Márta Mészáros] ?; doc/16m

1971

Tisztelt cím!/Dear Address [Lívia Gyarmathy] b&w; doc/19m

1972

Füredi Annabál [György Szomjas] ?; doc/27m

1972

Magyar vakáció [György Szomjas] ?; doc/16m

1972

Tengerszint feletti magasság/Height Above Sea Level [Ferenc Téglássy] b&w; doc/18m

1972

Valami mást - Kongresszusi levelek [Pál Erdöss] b&w; doc/30m

1972

Ifivezetök [Gábor Bódy] 16mm/b&w; doc/42m

1973

Álljon meg a menet!/Wait a Minute [Lívia Gyarmathy] c

1973

Gyakorlatok/Exercises [György Szomjas] b&w; doc/22m

1973

Szabad lélegzet/Riddance [Márta Mészáros] b&w

1973

Végül/At the End of the Road/After All [Gyula Maár] b&w

1973

Regruták/Rookies [Pál Erdöss] c; doc/38m

1974

Amokfutás [Lajos Fazekas] c

1974

Autó/The Car [Géza Böszörményi] c

1974

Jutalomutazás/Holiday in Britain/The Prize Trip [István Dárday] c

1975

Az egyedi eset természetrajza/The Natural History of an Industrial [Györgyi Szalai] b&w; doc/120m

1975

A járvány/The Epidemic [Pál Gábor] c

1975

Örökbefogadás/Adoption [Márta Mészáros] b&w; cph: M. Mészáros

1975

Veri az ördög a feleségét/The Devil Is Beating His Wife/Rain and Shine [Ferenc András] c; cph: Akos Kertesz

1975

Déryné, hol van?/Mrs. Dery, Where Are You? [Gyula Maár] c

1976

Szépek és bolondok/On the Side-Line [Péter Szász] c

1976

Teketória/Entanglement [Gyula Maár] c

1977

Tárgyilagosan/The Objective Way [Pál Erdöss] 16mm-35bu/b&w; doc/102m; cph: László Vitézy

1977

Olyan mint otthon/Just Like at Home [Márta Mészáros] c

1977

Amerikai cigaretta [János Dömölky] c

1977

Filmregény - Három növér/Three Sisters - A Film Novel [István Dárday] b&w; doc/270m; cph: Ferenc Pap

1978

Angi Vera/Vera’s Training [Pál Gábor] c

1978

A ménesgazda/The Stud Farm [András Kovács] c

1979

Ez a divat '78-79. ösz-tél [Pál Sándor] ?; doc/?m

1979

Ajándék ez a nap!/A Priceless Day [Péter Gothár] c

1979

Bizalom/Confidence [István Szabó] c

1979

Harcmodor/Strategy [István Dárday] c; cph: Ferenc Pap

1979

Der grüne Vogel/The Green Bird [István Szabó] c

1980

Haladék [Lajos Fazekas] c

1980

Mephisto [István Szabó] c; collab Paris: Jean Badal

1980

Színes tintákról álmodom [László Ranódy] c

1981

Megáll az idö/Time Stands Still [Péter Gothár] b&w-c

1982

Adj, király katonát! hazajáró lélek/The Princess [Pál Erdöss] b&w; cph: Ferenc Pap & Gábor Szabó 

1982

Guernica [Ferenc Kósa] c

1983

Mennyei seregek/Heavenly Hosts [Ferenc Kardos] c

1985

Hajnali háztetök/Roofs at Dawn [János Dömölky] c

1986

Gaby - A True Story [Luis Mandoki] c

1988

Homer & Eddie [Andrei Konchalovsky] c

1988

Hanussen [István Szabó] c

1988

Georg Elser - Einer aus Deutschland/Seven Minutes [Klaus Maria Brandauer] c; addph: Wolfgang Treu & Helmut Pirnat

1990

Meeting Venus/Találkozás Venusszal [István Szabó] c

1990

White Palace [Luis Mandoki] c; 2uc (New York) (+ c.op main unit): Michael Stone

1990

Mobsters/The Evil Empire [Michael Karbelnikoff] c; filmed 1990-91

1991

Édes Emma, drága Böbe - vázlatok, aktok/Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe - Sketches, Nudes [István Szabó] c

1992

Born Yesterday [Luis Mandoki] c

1992

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway [Randa Haines] c; filmed 1992-93

1993

When a Man Loves a Woman/To Have and to Hold/Significant Other [Luis Mandoki] c; 2uc (San Francisco): Frank Holgate; uwph (Mexico): Pete Romano; Wescam ph (San Francisco): Hans Bjerno

1993

Mario und der Zauberer [Klaus Maria Brandauer] c

1994

Just Cause [Arne Glimcher] p/c; 2uc: Alexander Witt; aph: Frank Holgate; wildlife ph: Alan Degan

1995

Home for the Holidays [Jodie Foster] c; uwph: Pete Romano

1995

Mother [Albert Brooks] c; San Francisco ph: Bill Butler; filmed 1995-96

1996

Out to Sea [Martha Coolidge] c

1996

Steadying the Boat [István Szabó] c; doc/58m

1997

Der Vulkan [István Szabó] project; film was dir by Ottokar Runze and ph by Michael Epp

1997

La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano/The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean/The Legend of 1900 [Giuseppe Tornatore] tvi/c; replaced doph Dante Spinotti

1998

Sunshine/A napfény íze [István Szabó] c

2000

Malèna [Giuseppe Tornatore] p/c

2000

Taking Sides [István Szabó] c; filmed 2000-01

2001

Max [Menno Meyjes] c

2001

Ten Minutes Older: The Cello [seg 'Ten Minutes After' dir by István Szabó] b&w-c; 8 seg + links; other ph: Agnès Godard, Fabio Cianchetti, Pascal Rabaud, Andreas Höfer, a.o.

2001

The Emperor's Club/The Palace Thief [Michael Hoffman] c

2002

Albert Nobbs [István Szabó] pre-production; cancelled due to financing issues; filmed in 2010-11 (d: Rodrigo García; ph: Michael McDonough)

2003

Aquamarine [Laszlo Hege] announced; status unknown

2003

Being Julia [István Szabó] c

2005

Rokonok [István Szabó] c

 

 TELEVISION

1972

Három nap a hétböl/Three Days of the Week [Levente Málnay] tvm/b&w

1974

Kínai kancsó [László Ranódy] tvm

1974

Fürdés [László Ranódy] tvm/50m

1974

Az utolsó tánctanár/Der letzte Tanzlehrer [Géza Böszörményi] tvm/63m

1976

A löcsei fehér asszony/The White Woman of Town Löcse [Gyula Maár] tvm

1982

Schwarz-Rot-Gold [ep #2 'Alles in Butter' dir by Dieter Wedel] 18-part series, 1982-96

1982

Katzenspiel/Cat Game/Macskajáték [István Szabó] tvm

1983

Bali [István Szabó] tvm

1983

Der Snob/The Snob [Wolfgang Staudte] tvm; cph: Jürgen Podzkiewicz

1983

Redl ezredes/Oberst Redl/Colonel Redl [István Szabó] tvm

1985

Lenin [Pál Sándor] tvm/45m

1989

Perfect Witness [Robert Mandel] tvm

1990

Descending Angel [Jeremy Kagan] tvm

1996

Offenbach titkai/Offenbachs Geheimnis/Offenbach's Secret: Soirée in Bouffes-Parisiens [István Szabó] tvm/b&w-c

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1969

Ismeri a szandi mandit?/Do You Know Sunday-Monday [Lívia Gyarmathy] co-c.asst; ph: Tamás Somló

1970

Én vagyok Jeromos [István Tímár] c.asst; ph: György Illés

1970

Hatholdas rózsakert [László Ranódy] c.asst; ph: György Illés

1971

Hangyaboly/Ant-Hill [Zoltán Fábri] c.op; ph: György Illés

1985

Kiki és a hímek [Zoltán Kamondi] b&w; short/29m; co-teacher; ph: Gábor Medvigy; prod SFF

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

 

"Sorstalanság"

 

2003

Sorstalanság/Fateless [feature] ph: Gyula Pados

2006

Evening [feature] ph: Gyula Pados

2008

Aline & Wolfe [feature] ph: Gyula Pados; pre-production; status unknown

2009

Spider Dance [feature; replaced Saul Dibb] announced; status unknown

2011

The Treehouse/The Master of Farnow [feature; replaced Richard Kwietniowski] ph: Gyula Pados; in development since 2007; scheduled to start shooting in 2012; status unknown

2016

The Bone Records of Leningrad [feature] announced

2017

The Remarkable Tale of Phineas P. Gage [feature] pre-production