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TENDER SON - Das Frankenstein Projekt

a film by Kornél Mundruczó

TENDER SON - The Frankenstein Project
DRAMA | 2010 | HU/GER/AU | 101 min | Hungarian | Color | cinemascope


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A boy returns home from the institution where he grew up, but finds he is not welcome there. He fights to win the love of his family but ends up murdering them.


Cannes Film Festival 2010 - OFFICIAL SELECTION (COMPETITION)
Cast: Rudolf Frecska, Kornél Mundruczó, Kitty Csikos, Lili Monori, János Derzsi

Director: Kornél MundruczóScreenplay: Kornél Mundruczó, Yvette BiróCamera: Mátyás ErdélyEditing: Dávid JancsóSound: Gábor BalázsArt Direction: Márton ÁghCostumes: János BrecklLocation Manager: Anna Hidvégi, Bence KertészProduction Management: Judit Sós, Sarah NagelKey-Gaffer: Balázs VákárCo-producers: Agnes Pataki , Gabor Sipos, Gabor Rajna
Production: Viktória Petrány, Susanne Marian, Philippe Bober, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Gabor Kovacs
Funding: MMK, NKA, OKM, Rtl Klub, ZDF/ARTE, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Vienna Film Fund, Cine Tirol

Worldsales: The Coproduction Office

Distribution: Poool Filmverleih (Austria)

The film, inspired by a world-famous classic gothic novel, Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein", is a story of a creative/creating man and its creature. The myth of a man yearning for love and being outcast nonetheless comes to life again in the encounter between father and son.

A director is preparing for the making of a film in an apartment house, that might have seen some better days. The teenage boy who has run away from a reformatory institute and is looking for his mother gets into the film casting process practically by accident. The course of dramatic events is set off as the naivety and straightforward purity of the boy make him do such sudden action that leads to a deadly accident. Nothing has ever happened to the director before that didn’t come of his own free will. He senses that he has met a greater force here, in the person of the boy. When he realizes that the peculiar and meek boy is his son, who came to this earth unwanted many years ago, he has no choice but to start going on an incalculable journey on an untrodden path. In different circumstances their encounter may be a chance for a fresh start.

The film is about the responsibility of love and the arrogance of the creating man, temping Providence. To see our own selves in another being and to transgress the boundaries of our will and out interests, bearing up against the weight of our creation. This is what is at stake in the story of father and son.

 



A boy returns home from the institution where he grew up, but finds he is not welcome there. He fights to win the love of his family but ends up murdering them.
Prizes:

Special Jury Award - Sarajevo IFF 2010

Special Mention -  Munich Film Festival

Special Mention of the Jury -  Ostrava Kamera Oko International Cinematographers' Film Festival



Festivals:

Premiere: Cannes Film Festival 2010 - OFFICIAL SELECTION (COMPETITION)

Cluj Napoca FF (Romania) 25.05.10 - 06.06.10

Filmfest Munich (Germany) 25.06.10 - 03.07.10

Jerusalem FF (Israel) 08.07.10 - 17.07.10

Sarajevo FF (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 23.07.10 - 31.07.10 

Toronto IFF (Cananda) 09.09.2010 - 19.09.2010 (CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA Section)

9th Transilvania International Film Festival Surprise Screening

Era New Horizons Film Festival Panorama

Montenegro Film Festival

Texture Film & Theatre Festival International Competition & NAME

2nd Ostrava Kamera Oko International Cinematographers' Film Festival International Competition

Festival do Rio Expectativa 2010

47th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival On The Edge

27th Ghent International Film Festivalb Official Competition

Istanbul Autumn Film Week

39th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Special Section

Central European Film Festival

19th Philadelphia International Film Festival World Narratives

Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest

34th Sao Paulo International Film Festival International Perspective Section

Baltic Pearl Festival Cannes Film Festival Presents

10th Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo Official Section

12th Bratislava International Film Festival Profiles

12th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Panorama Section : When You Are A Stranger

European Film Forum Scanorama Crossing Europe

13th Thessaloniki International Film Festival Open Horizons

Trieste Film Festival International Competition

Adelaide Film Festival

Hong Kong International Film Festival Global Vision - Focus on Romania

Sofia Film Festival

CPH : PIX

 

 




K o r n é l  M u n d r u c z ó
Director

Born 1975 in Gödöllő, Hungary.


    Professional career

-    Working as theater director since 2003
-    Balazs Bela national cultural honour, 2003
-    Establishing Proton Cinema with Viktoria Petranyi as a production
    company in 2003
-    Working as film director since 1999


Studies

-    2003 Cinefondation scriptwriting scholarship at the Festival in Cannes
-    1998-2003 graduate as film and television director, Hungarian University of Film and Drama
-    1994-1998 graduate as actor, Hungarian University of Film and Drama


 Theater Works

-    FRANKENSTEIN-PLAN by Yvette Bíró and Kornél Mundruczó
(Bárka Theater, Budapest 2007.)

-    THE ICE by Vladimir Sorokin
(Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest 2006. with the Krétakör Company)

-    CALIGULA by Albert Camus
(Radnóti Theater, Budapest 2006.)

-    ZÉRUS – the poems of Sinead Morrissey
(Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest 2005. co-organised by the British Council)

-    NIBELUNG-RESIDENCY by János Térey
 (Cave Hospital Budapest, 2004. with the Krétakör Company)
 Invited to the New Plays from Europe 2006. Wiesbaden, Germany

-    THE DECENT PROSTITUTE by Kamilló Lendvay
(Budapest Autumn Festival 2003.)

Rehearsed readings
-    NIBELUNG-RESIDENCY (part II.) by János Térey
 (Millenáris, Budapest, 2003. on the World Theater Day)
-    NIBELUNG-RESIDENCY (part III.) by János Térey
 (Pécs, 2003.)
-    FOR MAID IN LONDON by Vera Filó
(Millenáris, Budapest 2003.)




 

Filmography

2008- DELTA (feature, 110 min.)
2005- Johanna (feature, 83 min.)
2005- Lost and Found - Short Lasting Silence (short, 20 min.)
2004- Little Apocrypha no. 2 (short, 15 min.)
2003- Joan of Arc on the Night Bus (short opera, 24 min.)
2002- Little Apocrypha no. 1 (short, 5 min.)
2002- Pleasant days (feature, 99 min.)
2001- AFTA - Day after day (short, 25 min.)
2000- This I wish and nothing more (feature, 78 min)


In Development

   Devils – “The one who is dreaming of a bloodless crime” (feature)


Awards

DELTA – OFFICIAL SELECTION CANNES 2008 - COMPETITION
- Golden Reel Award for Best Film – 39th Hungarian Film Week 2007
- Gene Moskowitz Award for the best feature film by the Foreign
    Critics – 39th Hungarain Film Week 2007
- Award for the Best Film Music – 39th Hungarian Film Week 2007


Johanna

- Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard 2005
- L’Age D’Or – Brussels 2005
- Best actress: Orsi Tóth - Puchon IFFF 2005
- Silver Giraladillo – Sevilla EFF 2005
– Best actress: Orsi Tóth – 37th Hungarian Filmweek 2006
- Special prize of the Jury – Porto-Fantasporto 2006
- Best actress: Orsi Tóth – Porto-Fantasporto 2006
- Special prize of the Jury – Aubagne IFF 2006

The Little Apocrypha No. 2

- Cannes Film Festival, Cinefondation Section, 2004
- Best sound engineer, Sao Paolo, 2004   

Joan of Arc on the Night Bus

- Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2003

    Pleasant Days

- Silver Leopard for the first or second feature film – Locarno 2002
- Grand Prix – Sofia International Film Festival 2003
- Best Young Actor in the New European Union Countries:
    Tamás Polgár – Undine Award, Austria 2004
- Gene Moskowitz Award for the best feature film by the Foreign
    Critics – 33th Hungarain Film Week 2002
- Special prize of the Jury – 33th Hungarian Film Week 2002
- Best female episode character for Orsolya Tóth – 33th Hungarian Film
        Week 2002

   
    AFTA - Day after day
       
- ARTE European Short Award - Oberhausen International Short Film
    Festival          2001
- Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Honorable Mention –
    Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2001
- Certificate of Merit - St. Petersburg International Short Film Festival
- Best Short Film - 32nd Hungarian Film Festival 2001
- Best Short Film - Corto d’Imola International Festival of Short
    Films 2001
- Best Short Film - Cottbus Festival of East-European Films 2001
- Silver Dragon - Krakow International Short Film Festival 2001
- Second Prize - International Students’ Festival of Munich
- Second Prize - Ludwigsbourg International Short Film Festival
- Best Short Film - Mediawave Festival 2001
- Best Direction – Bologna Int. Film Festival of Film Schools 2001
- Best Short Feature of the Year - Hungarian Film Critics’ Award 2002


This I wish and nothing more

- Best First Film - 31st Hungarian Film Festival 2000
- Best Film - Students’ Jury - 31st Hungarian Film Festival 2000
- Directors’ Guild Award for Best Direction
- Best Male Actor: Roland Rába and Ervin Nagy - Mediawave Festival 2000
- Best Photography: Makkos Szilárd - Mediawave Festival 2000
- Best Film of the Year - Hungarian Film Critics’ Award 2001
- Film Website’s Award for Outstanding Talent of the Year – Film.hu





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