Special Jury Prize and Best Director of Photography Award went to TENDER SON - THE FRANKENSTEIN-PROJECT by Kornél Mundruczó at Seville European Film Festival, the biggest cinematic event in Spain.
Special Jury Prize to TENDER SON by Kornél Mundruczó (Hungary, Germany, Austria)
Jury's Evaluation: A film of bold and original power, its explores with consummate skill and craft, the borders of good and evil; it considers our relationship with violence and responsibility. It is a profound and intelligent film whose power stems from the haunting imagery. In it we hear a cry for love and acceptance, and find an insight into the real truths beneath the surface we see. Quite simply, through the recreation of a classic myth, it succeeds in being profoundly relevant to the world of today.
Best Director of Photography Award to MÁTYÁS ERDÉLY.
TENDER SON is my most personal film - Kornél Mundruczó at the Festival de Cine Europeo
At the Seville Festival the week started with a top attraction. Kornél Mundruczó presented his latest film “Tender Son”, a free adaptation of the novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, “full of poetic elements”
In fact, even the building in which the film is shot is a metaphor for contemporary Budapest, with a prison structure which provides “a necessary significance for my film”. Location is a vital element in his films.
The Hungarian director has made a radical, fascinating work. “All artists are radical, it’s part of the human race” “, said Mundruczó. When you tackle the adaptation of a novel there is always one question: “ “What is the creator’s responsibility over his creation” “. Mundruczó wanted to answer this question with a film in which he also talks about lost hopes, minorities and globalization.
Mundruczó has fled from the fast pace of television and opted for a slow pace which allows him “to go deeply into the film’s philosophical theme”. As for the snow, although it wasn’t foreseen in the script, it added “a hypnotic effect”, he stated.
The story tells how a long time ago a man had a child of which he never heard anything again. Rudi comes home after spending several years in a psychiatric asylum. When he meets up with his mother again, the boy hopes to find the acceptance and love he had lost and, even more important, he wants to know who his father is.
Almost by accident, Rudi turns up at a casting session. The film’s director is struck by his innocence and thinks he’s found his leading actor. A terrible incident transforms the boy’s good intentions into a delicate situation Rudi becomes a hunted killer, while the film director discovers that the strange, silent youth is his son and, therefore, his own monstrous creation.