Johanna

by Kornél Mundruczó

Hungary, 2005, 83', colour



Touched by divine grace, Johanna becomes a nurse and cures patients by offering them her body. The hospital staff is infuriated by her sexual "healing", but grateful patients join to protect her.

Reviews

"It works brillantly. (...) The choreography of many actors and singers of all ages to the music is astonishingly precise. Tallér's music is strong and muscular, bringing to the wretched hospital a powerful sense of nobility. (...) The film is a genuine discovery for the Festival de Cannes. (...) An astonishing coup de cinema."
Kirk Honeycutt, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 "Strange and absolutely surprising."
Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES

"The most extraordinary bold film of this year. (...) The drama of Johanna’s descent - or is it ascent? - is handled with great confidence, while Zsofia Tallér’s music is at once stark and stirring. (...) [The lead actress] Tóth is mesmerizing to watch."
Sukhdev Sandhu, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH


 

"A trippy opera riff on Joan of Arc."
Melissa Anderson, THE VILLAGE VOICE

"This film will be an 'event': more, a film that not only manages to deliver a surprisingly contemporary interpretation of the myth of Joan of Arc but also imposes new cinematographic standards through its wonderful distanced narration."
Hans-Joachim Schlegel, FILMDIENST

"A breathtaking  cinematographic opera. (…)  In JOHANNA, Kornél Mundruczó successfully excites and touches us."
LA LIBRE BELGIQUE

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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

Orsi Tóth - Johanna
Zsolt Trill - Young doctor

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Script: Kornél Mundroczó, Viktória Petrányi, Yvette Bíró
Country of Production: Hungary / Germany
Year completed: 2005
Producers: Béla Tarr, Viktória Petrányi
Coproducers: Philippe Bober, Susanne Marian, György Horváth
Production Companies: T.T. Filmühely, Proton Cinema, Mokép RT., Thermidor Filmproduktion GmbH
Music: Zsófia Tallér
Libretto: János Térey, Bálint Harcos
Director of Photography: András Nagy H.S.C., Mátyás Erdély
Sound: Gábor Balázs

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: Hungarian
Format: 35mm / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.85
Speed: 25 frames/second
Sound: DTS
Number of Reels: 4
Footage: 2276m

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2005, Un Certain Regard


MAIN AWARDS

Cottbus 2005, Honorable Mention
Puchon 2005, Best Actress
Sevilla 2005, Jury Prize
Sarajevo 2005, Jury Prize
Fantasporto 2006, Jury Prize & Best Actress

 

Pressbook

 

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Year: 
2005
Duration: 
83'

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. 

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Touched by divine grace, Johanna becomes a nurse and cures patients by offering them her body. The hospital staff is infuriated by her sexual "healing", but grateful patients join to protect her.

Reviews: 

"It works brillantly. (...) The choreography of many actors and singers of all ages to the music is astonishingly precise. Tallér's music is strong and muscular, bringing to the wretched hospital a powerful sense of nobility. (...) The film is a genuine discovery for the Festival de Cannes. (...) An astonishing coup de cinema."Kirk Honeycutt, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER "Strange and absolutely surprising."Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES"The most extraordinary bold film of this year. (...) The drama of Johanna’s descent - or is it ascent? - is handled with great confidence, while Zsofia Tallér’s music is at once stark and stirring. (...) [The lead actress] Tóth is mesmerizing to watch."Sukhdev Sandhu, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 

"A trippy opera riff on Joan of Arc."
Melissa Anderson, THE VILLAGE VOICE

"This film will be an 'event': more, a film that not only manages to deliver a surprisingly contemporary interpretation of the myth of Joan of Arc but also imposes new cinematographic standards through its wonderful distanced narration."
Hans-Joachim Schlegel, FILMDIENST

"A breathtaking  cinematographic opera. (…)  In JOHANNA, Kornél Mundruczó successfully excites and touches us."
LA LIBRE BELGIQUE

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



Touched by divine grace, Johanna becomes a nurse and cures patients by offering them her body. The hospital staff is infuriated by her sexual "healing", but grateful patients join to protect her.
 

Cast details: 

Orsi Tóth - Johanna
Zsolt Trill - Young doctor

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Script: Kornél Mundroczó, Viktória Petrányi, Yvette Bíró
Country of Production: Hungary / Germany
Year completed: 2005
Producers: Béla Tarr, Viktória Petrányi
Coproducers: Philippe Bober, Susanne Marian, György Horváth
Production Companies: T.T. Filmühely, Proton Cinema, Mokép RT., Thermidor Filmproduktion GmbH
Music: Zsófia Tallér
Libretto: János Térey, Bálint Harcos
Director of Photography: András Nagy H.S.C., Mátyás Erdély
Sound: Gábor Balázs

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: Hungarian
Format: 35mm / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.85
Speed: 25 frames/second
Sound: DTS
Number of Reels: 4
Footage: 2276m

Pressbook: 

 

Download pressbook

Download pictures :

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2005, Un Certain Regard


MAIN AWARDS

Cottbus 2005, Honorable Mention
Puchon 2005, Best Actress
Sevilla 2005, Jury Prize
Sarajevo 2005, Jury Prize
Fantasporto 2006, Jury Prize & Best Actress

 

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