Judit Elek

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The native form of this personal name is Elek Judit. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Judit Elek
Born (1937-11-10) 10 November 1937 (age 79)
Budapest, Hungary
Occupation Film director
Years active 1962–present

Judit Elek (born 10 November 1937) is a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. She has directed 16 films between 1962 and 2006. Her film Mária-nap was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.[1]



For the purposes of the film Tutajosok (1990) 14 sheep were spread with a flammable substance, and then to the order of Judit Elek were burned alive.[2] 69 scientists from the Jagiellonian University demanded that the authorities forbade Judit Elek entry to Poland. Scientists wrote among others: "No director knowing her own worth would debase herself for using so primitive and cruel methods".[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Maria's Day". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (20 March 1992). "Tutajosok: Review/Film; To Be a Jew In 1880's Hungary". NY Times.com. Retrieved 2010-04-29. [dead link]

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