Kornél Mundruczó

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Kornél Mundruczó
Mundruczó Kornél.jpg
Born (1975-04-03) 3 April 1975 (age 41)
Gödöllő, Hungary
Nationality Hungarian
Occupation Film and theatre director
Years active 1996-present

Kornél Mundruczó (born 3 April 1975) is a Hungarian film and theatre director. He has directed 16 short and feature films between 1998 and 2016. His film Johanna was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The production of White God, another of his full-length films, was supported by the Hungarian Film Fund.[2] It won the Prize Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival[3][4][5] and was screened in the Spotlight section of Sundance Film Festival in 2015.[6]

On 30 March 2016, it was announced that a psychological drama-thriller titled Deeper is set to be directed by Mundruczó from a script by Max Landis, starring Bradley Cooper and produced by Landis and David S. Goyer.[7]

Early life[edit]

He earned a diploma from Hungary’s Academy of Film and Drama in 1998 as an actor, then in 2003 as a film and television director.[8] In that same year, he founded Proton Cinema Ltd., dedicated to film production, along with Viktória Petrányi, a constant co-creator and collaborator in his work and writing since the academy.[9]

Career[edit]

His first full-length feature This I wish and nothing more[10] won, among other prizes, the award for best first film at the 31st Hungarian Film Week,[11] as well as its Students’ Jury and Directors’ Guild Awards.[12] He directed his short film Afta[13] shortly after leaving school. It went on to win numerous international awards.[14] Pleasant Days,[15][16] his second feature film, was awarded the Silver Leopard in Locarno in 2002.[17][18]

In 2003, he won the Cinéfondation Program’s artistic grant, within the framework of the Cannes International Film Festival, where he developed the screenplay of the film Delta, together with Yvette Bíró in Paris.[19]

He has been a member of the European Film Academy since 2004.[20][21]

In 2005, he won the Nipkow Program’s artistic grant[22] to participate for three months in courses and consultations for talented screenwriters and directors in Berlin.

Afterward, his fourth and fifth feature-length films were entered in the official competition of Cannes Film Festival: Delta in 2008, and Tender Son in 2010.[23] The former won the FIPRESCI Award.[24]

In 2014, Kornél Mundruczó’s film White God – the forth of his six full-length films to date, which was invited to Cannes Film Festival and made with the support of Eurimages, the European Council’s film foundation and the Hungarian National Film Foundation[25] – won the main prize of the Un Certain Regard program at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.[26] Also, the film’s canine star won the Palm Dog Award for best performance by a dog.[27]

Mundruczó has worked in theatre since 2003, first in Hungary and then in theatres abroad such as the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, the TR Warszawa, the Schauspielhaus Zürich and the Vlaamse Opera. He is most keen to begin new projects where he finds the subject, collaborators and venue inspiring. During the creative process, he strives to create a team. For new projects, he very often casts the same actors, who work with him as creative partners. It is with them that he devises the productions. After freelancing with more or less the same group of people for several years, in 2009, he founded Proton Theatre,[28] his independent theatre company, with producer Dóra Büki.[29]

Proton Theatre is a virtual artistic company organised around the director’s independent productions. Besides preserving maximum artistic freedom, their goal is to ensure a professional structure for their independently produced theatre plays and projects. Chiefly, their performances are realized as international co-productions, and their frequent collaborators include the Wiener Festwochen,[30] HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin,[31] Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels,[32] Trafó House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest[33] and Hellerau in Dresden.[34] Currently, the ensemble has nine performances in repertoire. Productions directed by the artistic leader include The Ice (2006);[35] Frankenstein-project (2007), which inspired his later film Tender Son; [36][37] Hard to be a God (2010);[38] Disgrace (2012), based on the post-apartheid novel by Nobel Prize-winner J. M. Coetzee and, in turn, inspiring his film White God;[39] Dementia (2014);[40] Winterreise (2015);[41] and Imitation of Life (2016).[42] In addition, the Proton Theatre wishes to provide space for the realisation of company members’ ideas. In this spirit, they created the following performances: Last (2014), directed by Roland Rába;[43] and 1 link (2015), directed by Gergely Bánki.[44]

Over these years, the Proton Theatre’s performances have toured to more than 70 festivals until 2016,[45] including the Festival d’Avignon,[46] the Adelaide Festival,[47] the Singapore International Festival,[48] the Seoul Bo:m Festival and the Zürcher Theater Spektakel.[49]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Genre/type Notes
TBA Deeper
2014 White God feature (119 min.)
  • Un Certain Regard Prize - Cannes Film Festival 2014
  • Spotlight section - Sundance Film Festival 2015
2010 Tender Son feature (105 min.)
  • Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival 2010
2008 Delta feature (92 min.)
  • FIPRESCI Award - Cannes Film Festival 2008
2005 Johanna feature (83 min.)
  • Un Certain Regard - Cannes Film Festival 2005
2005 Lost and Found - Short Lasting Silence short (20 min.)
2004 Little Apocrypha no. 2 short (15 min.)
  • Cinefondation Section - Cannes Film Festival 2004[50]
2003 Joan of Arc on the Night Bus short opera (24 min.)
  • Director’s Fortnight - Cannes Film Festival 2003[51]
2002 Little Apocrypha no. 1 short (5 min.)
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2003[52][53]
2002 Pleasant Days feature (85 min.)
  • Silver Leopard for the first or second feature film - Locarno International Film Festival 2002
2001 AFTA - Day after day short (25 min.)
  • ARTE European Short Award - Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2001[53]
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Honorable Mention - Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2001[52][53]
2000 This I Wish and Nothing More feature (78 min.)
  • Best First Film - 31st Hungarian Film Festival 2000
  • Best Film - Students’ Jury - 31st Hungarian Film Festival 2000
  • Directors’ Guild Award for Best Direction
  • Best Film of the Year - Hungarian Film Critics’ Award 2001

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Theatre Notes
2016 The Makropulos Affair - opera Vlaamse Opera, Antwerpen, Belgium
2016 Imitation of life Proton Theatre, Budapest, Hungary
2015 Winterreise CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, Proton Theatre, Hungary
2014 Hotel Lucky Hole - 3rd part of the suicide trilogy Schauspielhaus Zürich, Switzerland
2014 Bluebeard's Castle/Winterreise - opera Vlaamse Opera, Ghent, Belgium
2013 Dementia - 2nd part of the suicide trilogy Proton Theatre, Budapest, Hungary
  • Critics’ Award - Baltic House Festival 2014. Saint Petersburg, Russia[54]
2012 The Bat or my Little Cemetery - 1st part of the suicide trilogy TR Warszawa, Poland
  • Guarantees of Culture 2012 award in "theatre" category,[55] Telewizja Polska, Poland[55][56]
  • Grand Prix of the 53rd Kalisz Theatre Meetings for the actors[55] 2013. Kalisz, Poland[57]
  • Best performance - Międzynarodowy Festiwal Teatralny "Boska Komedia" (Divine Comedy Festival) 2013. Krakow, Poland[58][59]
  • Best actress: Roma Gasiorowska - Międzynarodowy Festiwal Teatralny "Boska Komedia" (Divine Comedy Festival) 2013. Krakow, Poland[58]
2012 Disgrace Proton Theatre, Budapest, Hungary
  • Best direction: Kornél Mundruczó - 13th National Theatre Festival 2013. Pécs, Hungary[60]
  • Best stage design: Márton Ágh - 13th National Theatre Festival 2013. Pécs, Hungary[60]
2012 Pleasant Days Theater Oberhausen, Germany
2011 Betrothal in St. Domingo or my Sweet Haiti Staatstheater Hannover, Germany
2011 Time of the Possessed Thalia Theatre Hamburg, Germany
2010 Eszter Solymosi of Tiszaeszlár Staatstheater Hannover, Germany
2010 Hard to be a God Proton Theatre, Budapest, Hungary
2009 Gospel of Judas Thalia Theatre Hamburg, Germany
2009 Bluebeard's Castle - opera Budapest Spring Festival, Hungary
2007 Frankenstein-project Bárka Theatre, Budapest, Hungary
  • Best Performance - 8th National Theatre Festival 2008. Pécs, Hungary[64]
  • Best Actress: Lili Monori - 8th National Theatre Festival 2008. Pécs, Hungary[64]
  • Audience Award - 8th National Theatre Festival 2008. Pécs, Hungary[64]
  • Special Prize of BITEF - 44th BITEF Festival 2010. Belgrade, Serbia[65]
2006 The Ice Krétakör Company, Budapest, Hungary
  • Best young creator: Kornél Mundruczó - XIX. Międzynarodowy International Theatre Festival "Kontakt" 2009. Toruń, Poland[66]
  • Silver Laurel Wreath Award for Best Performance in the Mittel Europa category - MESS International Theatre Festival 2009. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina[67]
  • The Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble - MESS International Theatre Festival 2009. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina[67]
  • The Avaz Dragon Award - MESS International Theatre Festival 2009. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina[67]
  • Texture Name Prize - Texture Film and Theatre Festival 2010. Perm, Russia[68][69][70]
2006 Caligula Radnóti Theatre, Budapest, Hungary
2005 Zérus - the poems of Sinead Morrissey Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest, Hungary
2004 Nibelung-Residency Krétakör Company, Budapest, Hungary
2003 The Decent Prostitute - opera Budapest Autumn Festival, Hungary

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External links[edit]

Awards for Kornél Mundruczó's films at the Internet Movie Database