Scottish actor, Olivier and Emmy Award star of The Carer, Brian Cox, was honored at the opening night of the 2016 Stony Brook Film Festival with the Stony Brook Film Festival Career Achievement Award; and Director János Edelényi received the Opening Night award.
Brian Cox, was presented with the Stony Brook Film Festival Career Achievement Award for his work in over 200 films and television programs and even more stage productions in England, the U.S. and around the world. In The Carer, Brian Cox, perhaps best known from the Bourne Identity films, soars in his role as an aging lion of the theater who has isolated himself and bullied his care givers.
Director János Edelényi was presented with the coveted Opening Night trophy as The Carer was selected from over 2,000 entries to open the 21st Annual Stony Brook Film Festival presented by Island Federal Credit Union. The screening on Thursday evening, July 21 had 800 film festival patrons attending.
Brian Cox is an accomplished Shakespearean actor, spending seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Britain’s National Theatre, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. He won the Olivier Award for his role in Titus Andronicus with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He has been in dozens of films and is best known for roles in the Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, X-Men 2, Red and Braveheart. In his many roles on television, he won an Emmy for his portrayal of Göring in Nuremberg, and he appeared in the HBO series Deadwood.
He is a patron of the Scottish Youth Theatre, Scotland’s National Theatre “for and by” young people. Among many accolades, in 2002 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
János Edelényi, prize-winning director and co-writer of Opening Night feature The Carer, has over 40 documentaries and nine feature films to his credit. He is executive director of the Tel Aviv based Prolitera Productions. He co-wrote the script and served as producer for The Long Shadow, a Hungarian-Israeli-American feature with Michael York and Liv Ullmann. He has been a long-time contributor to Hungarian Television. The Carer is from Yellow Affair and the Hungarian National Film Fund, and was picked up for distribution right before the Stony Brook Film Festival by Corinth Films.
John Poole Sr., President of Corinth Films, attended the screening, an East Coast Premiere.
Image: János Edelényi, director and co-writer, The Carer; Brian Cox, star of The Carer, and Alan Inkles, director of the Stony Brook Film Festival. Photo credit: Rebecca Uliasz