A new selection on the Croisette for Kornél Mundruczó
by Fabien Lemercier
- With White God, the filmmaker, who was popular in competition in 2008 and 2010, is making a return to Un Certain Regard, where he first came to fame in 2005
Having been discovered in 2002 at Locarno with Pleasant Days [+see also:
film profile] (winning the Silver Leopard), Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó (aged 39) then became a regular fixture within the Cannes selections. Indeed, his final-year student short Little Apocrypha No.2 was presented in 2004 in the Cinéfondation Selection, Johanna [+see also:
film profile] excelled in Un Certain Regard in 2005, and his two subsequent feature films were honoured with a place in the Official Competition: Delta [+see also:
interview: Kornél Mundruczó
interview: Orsi Tóth
film profile] in 2008 (with the Fipresci Prize into the bargain) and Tender Son – The Frankenstein Project [+see also:
film profile] in 2010. The director is again set to tread the Croisette with his sixth feature, White God (Fehér Isten) [+see also:
interview: Kornél Mundruczó
film profile], which will be having its world premiere in Un Certain Regard, an integral part of the Official Selection of the 67th Cannes Festival (14-25 May 2014).
Co-produced by Hungary, Germany and Sweden, White God stars Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér and Lili Monori, among others. Written by Mundruczó, Viktória Petrányi and Kata Wéber, the story recounts the misadventures of a girl and her best friend, a dog, in a world of winners and losers – a world in which pedigree is a decisive factor. However, genuine affection can occasionally come out on top and rebel against an unjust fate. The film thus intends to defend hope for peace and the belief that the eternal war between higher and lower beings will one day be brought to an end.
Produced by Viktória Petrányi and Eszter Gyárfás (a European Film Promotion Producer on the Move 2014 – read the interview) for Proton Cinema, White God was co-produced by German firm Pola Pandora, Sweden-based Chimney Pot and Hungarian outfit Filmpartners (Gábor Kovács). Backed by Eurimages, Film I Vast, ARTE-ZDF and the Hungarian National Film Fund, among others, the feature is being sold internationally by German company The Match Factory.
This year at Cannes, Hungarian cinema will also be represented in the Official Selection by two short films: The Execution by Petra Szőcs (produced by Merkelfilm, Katapult Film and Laokoon Film) will have its sights set on the Palme d'Or in its respective category, while Provincia by György Mór Kárpáti (produced by the Budapest University of Drama and Film with Mirage Film Studio) has been accepted into the student-film showcase in the Cinéfondation Selection.
(Translated from French)
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