Lantos at the 2013 Canadian Film Centre Annual Gala & Auction
3 April 1949|
|Alma mater||McGill University (BA and MA – literature)|
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Dale (divorced)|
|Relatives||Ariel, Sabrina – children|
|Awards||Order of Canada|
Life and career
Lantos was born on 3 April 1949 in Budapest, the son of Ágnes (Bodor) and László Lantos, a mechanic and truck company owner. Lantos spent much of his childhood in Montevideo, Uruguay, where his family fled after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He immigrated to Canada in 1963.
Following graduation from McGill, he founded Vivafilm which imported and distributed foreign films across Canada. He later started a production company RSL Entertainment which produced fifteen films most notably George Kaczender's In Praise of Older Women and Ted Kotcheff's Joshua Then and Now.
Lantos co-founded the Canadian film and television company Alliance Communications Corporation with partners Victory Loewy, John Kemeny, Stephen J. Roth, and Denis Héroux. He was chairman and CEO until 1998 when he sold his controlling interest in Alliance. He now produces films through his production company Serendipity Point Films.
Lantos has produced 40 feature films. His credits include the Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award nominated Barney's Version, Golden Globe nominated and Academy Award nominated Eastern Promises. Fugitive Pieces, Winner Best Actor at the Rome Film Festival and Winner of the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival. Golden Globe nominated and Academy Award nominated Being Julia, Golden Globe nominated Sunshine, the Cannes Grand Prix winner and Academy Award nominated The Sweet Hereafter; Berlin Silver Bear winner eXistenZ, Cannes Ecumenical Prize winner 'Adoration', Cannes Special Jury Prize winner Crash, Cannes International Critics Prize winner Exotica, Genie Award winners, Where the Truth Lies, Black Robe, and In Praise of Older Women and Canadian domestic box office phenomenon Men With Brooms. Another five of his films have been a part of the Cannes Official Selection: Night Magic (1985), Joshua Then and Now (1985, In Competition), Felicia’s Journey (1999, In Competition), Stardom (2000, Closing Night), Ararat (2002), Where The Truth Lies (2005, In Competition).
His television credits include the drama series: Due South, Power Play, North of 60, Counterstrike, E.N.G, Night Heat, Bordertown, and 25 made-for-television movies.
Lantos is a member of the Order of Canada and holds an honorary Doctor of Letters from McGill University. He has served on the board of directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Toronto International Film Festival, Indigo Books and Music, the Canadian Film Centre, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, of which he is a past chairman. He received the Academy of Canadian Film and Television's Air Canada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Business of Filmmaking in Canada in 1991, the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association Chetwynd Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and the Ontario Region's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1995. He is also a recipient of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts Award, and The Toronto Arts Award. He is an inductee to the Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the European Film Academy.
Filmography as producer
For a complete list of credits see:
Motion picture credits
- The Angel and the Woman (L'Ange et la femme) (1977)
- In Praise of Older Women (1978)
- Agency (1980)
- Suzanne (1980)
- Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid (1981)
- Paradise (1982)
- Scandale (1982)
- Bedroom Eyes (1984)
- Heavenly Bodies (1984)
- Night Magic (1985)
- Joshua Then and Now (1985)
- Sword of Gideon - executive producer (1986)
- Separate Vacations (1986)
- Black Robe (1991)
- On My Own – executive producer (1992)
- Léolo – executive producer (1992)
- Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
- Never Talk to Strangers (1995)
- Crash (1996)
- The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
- eXistenZ (1999)
- Felicia's Journey (1999)
- Sunshine (1999)
- Stardom (2000)
- Men with Brooms; (2002)
- Ararat (2002)
- The Statement (2003)
- Being Julia (2004)
- Where the Truth Lies (2005)
- Fugitive Pieces (2007)
- Adoration (2008)
- Eastern Promises (2007)
- Barney's Version (2010)
- The Right Kind of Wrong (2012)
- Remember (2015)
- Bordertown (78 episodes, Family Channel, 1988–1994)
- Night Heat (96 episodes, CBS, 1985–1989)
- E.N.G. (96 episodes, 1988–1994)
- Counterstrike (66 episodes, USA Network, 1990–1993)
- North of 60 (90 episodes, 1994–1998)
- Power Play (26 episodes, 1997–1998)
- Due South (68 episodes, CBS, 1994–1998)
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