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The Man Who Was Thursday Press Kit

Director Balazs Juszt

Balazs began directing musicals and plays in high school at the American International School of Budapest and directed his first music video at the age of seventeen. The same summer, he translated the Harper Book of Quotations to Hungarian and interned in the U.S. House of Representatives where he wrote speeches for the late Congressman Tom Lantos (D). Balazs later wrote a comic autobiography about his experience there, which was published in Hungary. This scored him the head writer position on Félszázadunk, a retro comedy series about when he was 18.

Balazs received a BSc Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London and during his studies, completed the Management Training Program at Phillip Morris in the Corporate Communications Department. While at undergrad, he worked as a bartender, a DJ and a bank clerk.

Balazs studied film producing under Academy Award-winning Cathy Schulman and received an MFA in Producing from UCLA. He was an assistant director to Oscar- winning director István Szabó on his movie Relatives.

He has directed numerous music videos, commercials and TV series in English, Hungarian, German, Hebrew, Arabic and Italian.
He has worked for Skyfilm as VP of Development from the age of 22, where he oversaw development and sales and was the executive producer of Gábor Herendi’s third movie Lora, and directed and produced the comic series Valami Hungary, the spinoff of Hungary’s cult sensation, Valami Amerika. He also directed Experidance – The Legend of Dance, a 12-episode TV series when he was 24.

He left Skyfilm for Beacon International, a TV production company, where he produced dozens of prime time television shows and developed and sold formats at numerous trade shows.

He began writing feature screenplays and selling them to several production companies in Los Angeles. Later, he opted to move into directing.

He directed The Kiss Goodnight, a comedic short about anxieties. His no-speaking film, It Happened in TLV opened the Jewish Summer Festival in Hungary. His third short, Split Perfect was picked up in Cannes by OriGine Films and has travelled the festival circuit from Sarajevo through Barcelona, Bogota and the LA Shorts Fest and also had a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles.

He built the financing from strictly equity for his feature debut, The Man Who Was Thursday, which he wrote and directed.


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