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Edit considers herself as a citizen of the world with a strong Central-European, in particular, Hungarian identity. She has lived and studied in a number of major cities, among them Berlin, Moscow, New York, Boston, Budapest, Helsinki, Dubrovnik, and Montreal. A collection of interesting footage and thousands of photographs witness her travels around the world. She has several degrees in languages and literature as well as a joint Ph.D. in Theoretical and Slavic Linguistics from Princeton University. Since her passion is studying and teaching, she is back in school beginning an MFA in film production at OU, after working in every possible aspect of language for a long period of time: teaching, writing, translating, and interpreting. For the last ten years, she has been reporting on film as a cultural correspondent for major Hungarian newspapers, and, last year, finally she made her first short film entitled “CHOICE,” in which she also acts. The absurdity of the story fits in naturally in her creative line of work, as the concept of the absurd has been present all her life, and it has often helped her through incomprehensible situations caused by either an oppressive regime or controlling individuals. She has collaborated on a web-series of CUTV, Montreal as a set designer, actor and AD, and worked as a background actor in a few major Hollywood productions. 

Making, and eventually teaching, films, seems like an organic continuation of her studies in theoretical linguistics: both film and language build on structural elements to result in a product, which is universal. As she is a follower of Chomsky’s Minimalist Program in linguistics, in film, too, she is attracted to minimalist narrative structures whose suggestive storytelling is often more powerful than a traditionally constructed screenplay. Experimental film is not foreign from her taste, either.     

Edit’s heroes among filmmakers are Ingmar Bergman, Woody Allen, Aki Kaurismäki, Jim Jarmusch, Béla Tarr, Gábor Bódy, Andrei Tarkovsky, John Cassavetes, Emir Kusturica, Miloš Forman and Cristi Puiu as well as several others. She wants to build on her knowledge of other arts, literature, music (especially jazz), theater, photography, architecture and interior design in her creative process of filmmaking.