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Interview: Orsi Tóth

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Shooting Star 2009 - Hungary


- Born in 1981, Orsi Tóth won acclaim for her performances in Kornél Mundruczó’s Pleasant Days, Johanna and Delta

Interview: Orsi Tóth

Born in 1981, Orsi Tóth graduated from the Theatre and Film Arts College in Budapest in 2004. During the first year of her studies, she won acclaim for her performance in Kornél Mundruczó’s Pleasant Days [+see also:
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, which earned her Best Supporting Actress at Hungarian Film Week 2002. Three years later, she revealed her talent in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in Mundruczó’s Johanna [+see also:
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, before returning to the Croisette last year in official competition as the star of Delta [+see also:
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interview: Kornél Mundruczó
interview: Orsi Tóth
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, by the same director. Tóth was also crowned Best Actress at Hungarian Film Week 2006 for Gyula Nemes’ My Singles.

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Cineuropa: What made you want to become an actress? What have been the most significant moments of your young career?
Orsi Tóth: I enrolled out of curiosity at the Theatre and Film Arts College in Budapest, just after high school. And I decided to continue… As for my career, the Cannes Festival has undoubtedly been the most important event so far. But that includes everything that came before the festival and the work necessary to get there.

You’ve worked on several occasions with Kornél Mundruczó. What binds you to this director and how did your collaboration begin?
I met him nine years ago, at the casting for his film Pleasant Days, for which I’d been pre-selected from photographs. After a few screen tests, I was chosen for the role and since then I’ve worked regularly with Kornél. I think the reason we’re on the same wavelength is because we don’t interfere in each other’s work. We don’t try to realise ourselves through the other and we leave each other free to work in our own way. And we’ve trusted each other completely from the start.

What is your acting style? How do you prepare your roles?
I don’t think you can prepare for anything, except perhaps a little from a physical and mental point of view. The rest is the usual story: you have to give 100% of yourself.

What are your projects for 2009?
I’m going to appear in Dutch director Ricky Rijneke’s debut feature. The film is entitled The Silent Ones and the plot unfolds in a dreamlike, suggestive and tense atmosphere.

How do you feel about being selected as a Shooting Star?
We’ll see how it goes in Berlin. For the moment, I’m very happy and I’m looking forward to the event.


international title: Delta
original title: Delta
country: Hungary, Germany
sales agent: Coproduction Office
year: 2008
directed by: Kornél Mundruczó
screenplay: Kornél Mundruczó, Yvette Biro
cast: Félix Lajkó, Orsi Tóth, Lili Monori, Sándor Gáspár

main awards/selection

Cannes 2008 Official Competition
finalist of the Lux Prize 2008 of European Parliament 
Hungarian Film Week 2008 Best Film

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