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BAGHDAD (AP) — A filmmaker whose career has spanned nearly 30 years in Europe has died.
He was 80.
The director, Oscar-winning Hungarian-born György Bernd, died Thursday in the town of Közácsz, Hungary, according to a statement from the state broadcaster.
The film festival’s official website posted a statement on Friday saying the film director died at his home in Könzacsz.
Bernd had a lifelong passion for art, and his films, including the award-winning “The Grand Hotel” and “Cannonball Run,” were shot at Cannes.
The film festival has said Bernd’s films were shot there in its studios and studios of other films he had worked on.
He was born in Budapest in 1939 and grew up in a small town called Közlánské, a suburb of Budapest that had been ruled by the communists before the country was granted independence in 1956.
The town, like most parts of Hungary, was heavily industrialized and was largely ignored by its population of about 200,000.
Bernt grew up a movie fanatic and loved movies from the 1920s to the 1970s, often in the company of his friends.
He loved the film industry, which had a reputation for violence and cruelty and the Communist regime that ruled Hungary from 1949 to 1956.
He made a name for himself as a director with films like “Livy’s Venus” in which he played a Roman noblewoman who tries to marry a peasant boy to a wealthy man.
He also made films with strong female leads, like “The Queen of the Damned” in 1977 and “Bodysnatchers” in 1987.
Bernda’s films often were dark and gritty, which was the style he preferred in films like the 1979 film “Dirty Harry.”
In “The Last Temptation of Christ,” which won the best picture Oscar, Bernd played a Christian minister who is executed by the Roman Catholic Church after he converts to Judaism.
In his lifetime, Bernda also directed three feature films, two of them for American film studios, “The Wedding Singer” and the “Pulp Fiction” sequel.
He died peacefully in his home on the banks of the Black Sea, according the statement.
Berdd was the son of Hungarian immigrants who settled in Germany, where he had gone to college.
He started directing at age 16, when he was offered a job with a German production company.
The following year, he landed a job directing a French movie called “The Red Shoes,” which was a hit at the time.
In 1951, he directed “Tristan and Isolde” and later the “Rudyard Kipling” film.
In 1968, Berdd became the first filmmaker to direct a Western in France.
He made the film “Hooligans,” a film about a group of rowdy rowdies.
His film about the American soldiers stationed in the Spanish Civil War was also a hit.
Bernd was a founding member of the Cannes Film Festival, which has staged film festivals in France since it was founded in 1962.
Berda Bernd (R), the husband of the director Györgia Bernd in a screen grab from the film ”The Grand Tour,” during a ceremony in Paris, France, in February.AP