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Gyula Pados


Gyula Pados

Gyula Pados
Born (1969-04-02) 2 April 1969
Budapest, Hungary
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1991 - present

Gyula Pados (born 2 April 1969) is an award-winning Hungarian cinematographer and director. He is notable about working together with Terence Gross, Lajos Koltai and Nimród Antal in the movies like Fateless, Aline & Wolfe, Evening, Kontroll, Basic Instinct 2 or Predators.

Cinematographic career

In 1990 he attended to the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest as cinematographer. He worked as camera assistant to Academy Award-winner Vilmos Zsigmond. As a university student he and his friends founded a company, which is still the third largest Hungarian commercial film studio. His diplom work was the Hajnal, which he was awarded a lot of prizes for. He was also its director. After this movie he made the Dance, but at that time he was only its cinematographer. He got his degree in 1996. After his studies he worked in England. In a short movie, written by Charles Martin (and directed by David Moore) he shot the Meter Running. After this movie he made the Angyal utca with totally Hungarian team. Then he returned to England and in 1996 he shot The Star and The Sin Eater. In 2000 he was the cinematographer of the Hotel Splendide, which was also awarded. His last movie in England was The Heart of Me. He came back to Hungary in 2003, when the Kontroll was filmed. This movie made him famous also in Hungary. After this movie he was the cinematographer of the movie Fateless in 2005. His newest movie is the Predators.


In 1991 he got the first success with the movie Hajnal ('Dawn'): he won the Grand Prix of the Oberhausen Film Festival, the Wim Wenders Prize at the Munich Film Festival, the Grand Prix of the Potsdam Film Festival and the Main Prize of the Hungarian Film Festival. In 1995 he was awarded for Angyal utca ('Angel Street') at the Munich Film Festival. In 1998 he was awarded Kodak Prize for The Sin Eater at the Locarno International Film Festival. He was nominated Best Cinematographer at the European Film Award for Fateless in 2005. He was awarded best cinematographer at the Sitges Film Festival for Hotel Splendide in 2000, at the Copenhagen International Film Festival and the Silver Camera Prize at the Brothers Manaki International Film Festival for Kontroll in 2003 and at Satellite Award for Best Cinematography for The Duchess in 2008.


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