Screenwriter, Essayist, Professor of Film. Ph.D.
In her native country, has worked with the noted, prize winning Hungarian directors: Zoltan Fabri (TWENTY HOURS, Grand Prix at the Moscow International Festival, LATE SEASON, Venice Film Festival), with Karoly Makk and Marta Meszaros, and with Miklos Jancso, on a series of films, including WINTER WIND, CONFRONTATION, AGNUS DEI, RED PSALM (Grand Prix du Jury, Cannes)
She was the founder and Editor in Chief of FILMKULTURA, the journal of the democratic opposition.
Vice-President of the FIPRESCI 1970-1977.
Her German-French EXECUTION FOR FOUR VOICES won the Public’s Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, (1984) and her ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES won a European Script Fund Award. (1991)
Her last two screenplays: THE STONE RAFT, (2002) based on the novel by Nobel Prize Laureat Jose Saramago, (Portuguese-Spanish coproduction) and TWIST WITH DESTINY (2003) (Indian-French coproduction) have participated in more than a dozen of International Festivals, won prizes in Amsterdam, (Best Film of the Year) Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, etc.
Her recent screenplay, DELTA, a Hungarian-German-French coproduction is in the preproduction stage.
Her books include: THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE IMAGE; TO DRESS A NUDE. EXERCISES IN IMAGINATION; FESTINA LENTE. HURRY SLOWLY; THE SEVENTH ART ( THE LANGUAGE OF FILM and THE DRAMATIC STRUCTURE OF FILM;) THE ORDER OF DISORDER; PROFANE MYTHOLOGY; JANCSO – Her recent book ,TURBULENCE AND FLOW IN FILM, is coming out in 2005 at Indiana University Press.
Her books and essays have been translated into more than ten languages.
As a Visiting Professor she has taught at the Universities of Budapest, Paris, Jerusalem, Berkeley and Stanford University.
She regularly holds workshops on screenwriting in the US and Canada, in Europe,(from Istanbul to Paris, Rome, Zagreb, Prague, Montpellier, Sarajevo, and Jyvaskala, etc.) also in Africa, invited by the African Screen Development Fund, and Asia.(Tokyo, Hong Kong)
After 20 years of exile, received the Hungarian BELA BALAZS PRIZE for Life Achievement.
She lives in New York and Paris