Zsófia Szilágyi

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Author and director Zsófia Szilágyi graduated as a Hungarian grammar and literature teacher at the University of Pécs in 2002. She continued her education as a film and tv director at the Academy of Film and Drama of Budapest from 2002 to 2007. During her studies, she participated in a scholarship by Leonardo Da Vinci Programme and studied production at Mediopolis Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH, Berlin in 2006. In the same year she took part in ”Heimat, Europa?”, an audiovisual project by the organisation of Kolleg für Management und Gestaltung nachhaltiger Entwicklung GmbH where she was a scriptwriter and camera assistant. In 2011, she won a Scholarship to the Goethe Institute in Hamburg.

She worked as assistant lecturer to Golden Lion and Oscar-nominated director Ildikó Enyedi at the Hungarian Academy of Film and Theatre between 2007 and 2009. In 2012, she directed If you can (Ha birsz..’), a documentary supported by the European Integration Fund.

She also worked on several short features and documentaries, most prominently as a casting directed for Ildiko Enyedi’s Oscar-nominated ’On Body and Soul’.

‘One Day’ is her debut feature.



2006 Somewhere Neutral (short film, 15’) 38th Hungarian Film Week

2007 The Siege of Budapest – Part III. (2007, television documentary series, 40’)

2009 Step Test (short film, 25’) Brest International Short Film Festival, 2009, ’Mention spéciale du Jury’

2010 In Captivity (documentary, 18’) Hungarian Independent Film Festival, Special Prize of Jury

2013 Impasse (documentary, 50’)

2018 One Day (debute feature, 99′), Critics’ Week, Cannes, FIPRESCI Award


One day:


Cannes Semaine Internationale de la Critique – 2018 FIPRESCI Prize

Kosice Art Film Fest – 2018 Best Actress Zsófi Szamosi

Sarajevo Film Festival – 2018 Best Actress Zsófi Szamosi

Luxembourg CinÉast – 2018 Grand Prix

Cairo International Film Festival – 2018 Best Actress Zsófi Szamosi

Cleveland International Film Festival – 2019 Central and Eastern European Competition Award

Hungarian Film Awards – 2019 Best Actress Zsófi Szamosi

Best Screenplay Zsófia Szilágyi Best First Feature


Sydney Film Festival – 2018 (in competition)

Wroclaw New Horizons IFF – 2018 (in competition)

Copenhagen CPH:PIX – 2018 (in competition)

Hamptons International Film Festival – 2018 (in competition)

Los Angeles AFI FEST – 2018 (in competition)

Bydgoszcz Camerimage – 2018 (in competition)

Gijon International Film Festival – 2018 (in competition)

Trieste Film Festival – 2019 (in competition)

Göteborg International Film Festival – 2019