He was born in Vác, on the 27th September in 1921. After his law studies he studied ethnography and art history at the University of Arts and Sciences of Kolozsvár. Between 1946 and he finished his studies at the Academy of Drama and Film, faculty film directing in Budapest.
Between 1950 and 1958 he directed many short films, after 1958 he directed feature films.
At the beginning of the seventies lived in Italy, between 1975 and 1979 was a director at the Theatre 25, later, until 1983, at Népszínház, between 1983 and 1984 he was the in-house director of the Katona József Theater. In 1986 he became the president of the Hungarian Film and TV Artists' Association, since 1988 he is a titular professor, between 1990 and 1992 teaches at the Institute for Communication of the Harvard University. Since 1993 he is a member, since 1994 is the president of the Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Arts. Member of the European Film Academy. His co-author is Gyula Hernádi.

Selected Filmography

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1960
1963

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1993
1994
1996
1996
1997
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1999
2001
2000
2002
2003

THE BELLS HAVE GONE TO ROME
THREE STARS ( co-director)
CANTATA
Hungarian Film Critic's Award
MY WAY HOME
Hungarian Film Week, Pécs -Special Prize
THE HOPELESS ONES
Hungarian Film Week, Pécs -Main Prize
London: The Best Foreign Film (1967)
Hungarian Film Critic's Award
Locarno: FIPRESCI Prize

THE RED AND THE WHITE (Hungarian-Soviet)
Hungarian Film Critic's Award
Hungarian Film Week, Director's Prize
Paris, Moussinac Prize

SILENCE AND CRY
Avellino Film Festival, Golden Prize
Hungarian Film and Television Critic's -Main Prize
Hungarian film Week, Pécs -Director's Prize

THE CONFRONTATION

SIROKKO (Hun-French)
Hungarian Film Critic's Award
Atlanta, Best Director

AGNUS DEI
THE PEOPLE STILL ASK
Barcelona, Audience Prize
Cannes, Director's Prize

THE PACIFIST (Italian-French-West-Germany)
ROME WANTS ANOTHER CAESAR (Italian TV)
BELOVED ELECTRA
PRIVATE VICES, PUBLIC PLEASURES (Italian-Yugoslavian)

VITAM AT SANGUINEM
HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY

Barcelona, Audience Prize
Cannes, Special prize for the Live Time Achievment

ALEGRO BARBARO
Cannes, Special prize for the Live Time Achievment (1979)
Santiago de Chile, Critic's Award for the Best Foreign Film of the year
Milano, Golden Globus

GYULA HERNÁDI (TV)
THE HEART OF THE TYRANT (Hungarian-Italian)
THE DAWN (French-Israeli)
SEASON OF MONSTERS
Hungarian Film Week, Director's Prize
Venice, Special Diploma

JESUS CHRIST'S HOROSCOPE
Venice, Live Time Achievment Prize

GOD WALKS BACKWARDS
Gion, Diploma

BLUE DANUBE WALTZ

Montreal, Best Director

REMAINDERS
MESSAGE OF STONES
IT IS SIMPLE
UNBURIED DEADS
HERO'S SQUARE-SUBJECTIVE HISTORICAL TALE
LORD'S LANTERN IN BUDAPEST

Hungarian Film Week, Gene Moskowitz Prize

ANYÁD! A SZÚNYOGOK
Hungarian Film Critic's, Life Time Achievment Prize
LAST SUPPER AT THE ARABIAN GREY HORSE
WAKE UP, MATE, DON'T YOU SLEEP
THE BATTLE OF MOHÁCS


Books

1968
1978
1994

THE HOPELESS ONES
VITAM ET SANQUINEM
SILENT CRY
(interviews)


Literature

Yvette Bíró: JANCSÓ
József Marx: THE TWO AND MORE LIVES OF MIKLÓS JANCSÓ
Gyula Hernádi: MIKLÓS JANCSÓ'S LOVERS


1966
1979

Balázs Béla Prize
Meritorious Artist