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Hungarian film producer and media mogul Andy Vajna dies

Baku, January 22, AZERTAC

Andy Vajna, 74, a prominent figure of the Hungarian and international film industry, has died after a long illness in his Budapest home, the Hungarian National Film Fund told MTI on Sunday, according to Daily News Hungary.

Vajna produced 59 films in all, including the Evita starring Madonna and Sylvester Stallone’s first three Rambo films.

He is mostly known for the movies he produced and for the different media projects he took part in. Among others, he played an important role in the careers of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Bruce Willis and Antonio Banderas can also be quite grateful for him.

He came up with the idea of the Film Fund in order to strengthen the Hungarian film industry and to back movies that have the potential of achieving international success. During the Vajna era, Hungarian movies supported by the National Film Fund won more than 130 international awards, while the number of movies shot in Hungary is constantly growing.

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