13 August 6.30pm, Dance Studio, Victoria Theatre, Level 3
Join this fascinating conversation with renowned Hungarian film and theatre director Kornél Mundruczó. Known for his award-winning films such as “White God”, which most recently won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes in 2014, and Johanna, which was screened in The O.P.E.N., Mundruczó has also garnered international recognition for his insightful socio-political plays.
Born in Hungary in 1975, Kornél Mundruczó studied at the Hungarian University of Film and Drama. Shortly after leaving school, Mundruczó directed “AFTA”, a short film that went on to win numerous international awards. “Pleasant Days”, his first feature film, was awarded the Silver Leopard in Locarno in 2002. His second feature film, Johanna – an operatic adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc – was presented in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section in 2005. His third feature film, “Delta”, won the FIPRESCI Critics’ Award in Cannes in 2008, while his fourth, “Tender Son”, was shown in the Official Selection of Cannes in 2010.
In the theatre, Mundruczó has worked with many companies over the years, as and when he finds a topic, group or venue that inspires him. These include Krétakör Theatre, National Theatre of Hungary, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Schauspiel Hannover and TR Warszawa. In the course of his stage work, Mundruczó has built a strong creative team, often inviting a few key actors to participate in successive productions. These actors eventually become Mundruczó’s creative partners in the various staged works. After freelancing with the same group of people for several years, Mundruczó founded – together with Dóra Büki – an independent theatre company, Proton Theatre, in 2009.