Delta

by Kornél Mundruczó

Germany/Hungary, 2008, 92', colour



A quiet young man returns to the wild, isolated landscape of the Delta. It is a labyrinth of waterways, small islands and over-grown vegetation, where the villagers are cut off from the outside world. The young man, who has been away since early childhood, is introduced to a sister he never knew he had. She is frail and timid, but resolute when she decides to join him in his run-down hut on the shore. Together they build a house on stilts in the middle of the river, far away from everyone else.  One day, they invite the villagers over to share a meal together, but it becomes apparent that the coarse locals do not accept their “unnatural” relationship.

Reviews

"If the plot is simple and schematic in the best tradition of a timeless Greek tragedy, Mundruczó's cinematic language in DELTA is rich and intricate. (...) Mundruczó's direction displays a masterly precision."
Dan Fainaru, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"DELTA is a beautifully atmospheric vessel. (...) Tóth is magnetic. (...) Tech package is magnificent, with Matyas Erdely's expansive images, lensed on the Romanian Danube, joining the complex sound mix and violinist Lajko's rich score in almost operatic splendor."
Eddie Cockrell, VARIETY

Revealed by Johanna at Un Certain Regard, the Hungarian Kornél Mundruczó also achieves a striking success with DELTA.
Anthony Bobeau, LE FILM FRANÇAIS

"From a cinematic point of view, DELTA is as beautiful as it is tragic. (...)  The movie is original, fresh and courageous, following the example of two first features of Mundruczó, PLEASANT DAYS (Silver Leopard, Locarno 2002), and JOHANNA (Cannes, "Un Certain Regard", 2005)."
João Antunes, FIPRESCI

Simple and allegorical, DELTA is presenting the vaste landscape like a character. Ample frames, sense of the setting, scale of the staging. (...) DELTA is a story that could be a Greek tragedy, an irreversible drama told in a minimalistic way. The gestures and acting of the protagonists are all but artificial, as if they were inspired by the quiet life of an ancient universe.
Jean-Luc Douin, LE MONDE

The young Hungarian filmmaker unquestionably delivers his most serene work (...) Never dull, always meticulous, the Hungarian author overcomes the pantheism of profit in favor of a celebration of cinema.

Julien Welter, ARTE.TV

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Kornél Mundruczó

 

Kornél Mundruczó was born in Hungary in 1975. PLEASANT DAYS, his first feature film, was awarded the Silver Leopard in Locarno in 2002. His second feature film, JOHANNA - a filmic opera adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc - was presented in Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2005. DELTA was presented In Competition at Cannes 2008 and was awarded the FIPRESCI prize.  His last film TENDER SON: THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT premiered in competition at Cannes in 2010.

 

Filmography

2010 TENDER SON - THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT, 105 min.
2008 DELTA, 92 min.
2005 JOHANNA,
 83 min.
2005 LOST AND FOUND (collective) "Short Lasting Silence", 20 min.
2004 LITTLE APOCRYPHA NO.2, 15 min.
2003 JOAN OF ARC ON THE NIGHT BUS, 24 min.
2002 LITTLE APOCRYPHA NO.1, 5 min.
2002 PLEASANT DAYS, 85 min.
2001 AFTA, 25 min.
2000 THIS I WISH AND NOTHING MORE,
 Graduation film, 78 min.

 

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Cast

Félix Lajkó - Mihail
Orsi Tóth - Fauna
Lili Monori - The mother
Sándor Gáspár - The mother's lover

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director:  Kornél Mundruczó
Script: Yvette Bíró, Kornél Mundruczó
Dramaturgie: Viktória Petrányi
Director of Photography:  Erdély Mátyás
Composer: Félix Lajkó
Editing: Dávid Jancsó
Sound Design: Gábor Balázs
Production Designer:  Márton Ágh
Producers:  Viktória Petrányi, Susanne Marian, Philippe Bober
Co-Producers:  Ági Pataki, Gábor Kovács
 

 

Technical Info

Category: First Feature Film
Original Language: Hungarian
Format: 35mm
Screen Ratio: 1:1:85
Speed: 
25 fps
Sound: 
Dolby 5.1
Number of Reels: 
5

 

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2008, Competition

MAIN AWARDS

Cannes 2008, FIPRESCI Award
Sarajevo 2008, Cicae Award
Goteborg 2009, Audience Award
Fantasporto 2009, Jury Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

Karlovy Vary 2008, Competition
Toronto 2008, Competition
London 2008, Competition
Rotterdam 2009, Spectrum
Copenhagen CPH:PIX 2009, European Voices

Year: 
2008
Duration: 
92'

Kornél Mundruczó

 Kornél Mundruczó was born in Hungary in 1975. PLEASANT DAYS, his first feature film, was awarded the Silver Leopard in Locarno in 2002. His second feature film, JOHANNA - a filmic opera adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc - was presented in Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2005. DELTA was presented In Competition at Cannes 2008 and was awarded the FIPRESCI prize.  His last film TENDER SON: THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT premiered in competition at Cannes in 2010. 

Poster: 
Country: 
Germany Germany
Hungary Hungary



A quiet young man returns to the wild, isolated landscape of the Delta. It is a labyrinth of waterways, small islands and over-grown vegetation, where the villagers are cut off from the outside world. The young man, who has been away since early childhood, is introduced to a sister he never knew he had. She is frail and timid, but resolute when she decides to join him in his run-down hut on the shore. Together they build a house on stilts in the middle of the river, far away from everyone else.  One day, they invite the villagers over to share a meal together, but it becomes apparent that the coarse locals do not accept their “unnatural” relationship.

Reviews: 

"If the plot is simple and schematic in the best tradition of a timeless Greek tragedy, Mundruczó's cinematic language in DELTA is rich and intricate. (...) Mundruczó's direction displays a masterly precision."
Dan Fainaru, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"DELTA is a beautifully atmospheric vessel. (...) Tóth is magnetic. (...) Tech package is magnificent, with Matyas Erdely's expansive images, lensed on the Romanian Danube, joining the complex sound mix and violinist Lajko's rich score in almost operatic splendor."
Eddie Cockrell, VARIETY

Revealed by Johanna at Un Certain Regard, the Hungarian Kornél Mundruczó also achieves a striking success with DELTA.
Anthony Bobeau, LE FILM FRANÇAIS

"From a cinematic point of view, DELTA is as beautiful as it is tragic. (...)  The movie is original, fresh and courageous, following the example of two first features of Mundruczó, PLEASANT DAYS (Silver Leopard, Locarno 2002), and JOHANNA (Cannes, "Un Certain Regard", 2005)."
João Antunes, FIPRESCI

Simple and allegorical, DELTA is presenting the vaste landscape like a character. Ample frames, sense of the setting, scale of the staging. (...) DELTA is a story that could be a Greek tragedy, an irreversible drama told in a minimalistic way. The gestures and acting of the protagonists are all but artificial, as if they were inspired by the quiet life of an ancient universe.
Jean-Luc Douin, LE MONDE

The young Hungarian filmmaker unquestionably delivers his most serene work (...) Never dull, always meticulous, the Hungarian author overcomes the pantheism of profit in favor of a celebration of cinema.Julien Welter, ARTE.TV

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



A quiet young man returns to the wild, isolated landscape of the Delta. It is a labyrinth of waterways, small islands and over-grown vegetation, where the villagers are cut off from the outside world. The young man, who has been away since early childhood, is introduced to a sister he never knew he had. She is frail and timid, but resolute when she decides to join him in his run-down hut on the shore. Together they build a house on stilts in the middle of the river, far away from everyone else.  One day, they invite the villagers over to share a meal together, but it becomes apparent that the coarse locals do not accept their “unnatural” relationship.

Cast details: 

Félix Lajkó - Mihail Orsi Tóth - Fauna Lili Monori - The motherSándor Gáspár - The mother's lover

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director:  Kornél Mundruczó
Script: Yvette Bíró, Kornél Mundruczó
Dramaturgie: Viktória Petrányi
Director of Photography:  Erdély Mátyás
Composer: Félix Lajkó
Editing: Dávid Jancsó
Sound Design: Gábor Balázs
Production Designer:  Márton Ágh
Producers:  Viktória Petrányi, Susanne Marian, Philippe Bober
Co-Producers:  Ági Pataki, Gábor Kovács
 

 Technical InfoCategory: First Feature FilmOriginal Language: HungarianFormat: 35mmScreen Ratio: 1:1:85Speed: 25 fpsSound: Dolby 5.1Number of Reels: 

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2008, Competition

MAIN AWARDS

Cannes 2008, FIPRESCI Award
Sarajevo 2008, Cicae Award
Goteborg 2009, Audience Award
Fantasporto 2009, Jury Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

Karlovy Vary 2008, Competition
Toronto 2008, Competition
London 2008, Competition
Rotterdam 2009, Spectrum
Copenhagen CPH:PIX 2009, European Voices

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