István Szabó (b. 1938) is a writer and director, one of the most internationally celebrated Hungarian filmmakers of the post-war period. Beginning in the 1950s, he has made 35 features and numerous shorts. His films tackle the political and psychological conflicts of Central Europe’s recent history, often inspired by his own biography. His most celebrated films include Father (1966), Lovefilm (1970), 25 Fireman Street (1973), Confidence (1980), Mephisto (1981), and Colonel Redl (1985).