Talented Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó won the Golden Reel Award for Best Film at the 39th Hungarian Film Week for Delta.by Fabien Lemercier
The third feature by the director of Pleasant Days (lauded at Locarno in 2002) and Johanna (selected in Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2005) also picked up the Gene Moskowitz Prize awarded by foreign critics and the prize for Best Original Score.
Delta, which wrapped up after an eventful shoot (see news), stars Félix Lajkó, Orsi Tóth, Lili Monori and Sándor Gáspár. The film is liberally adapted from two literary classics (Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Euripides’ Electra).
Returning for his father’s funeral after being driven away by his mother twenty years earlier, the main character meets his sister for the first time. They fall in love and, upon discovering that their father was murdered by their mother and her lover, decide to avenge his death.
Produced by Proton Cinema, the feature was co-produced by German company Essential Filmproduktion and Hungarian company Filmpartners, with financial backing from Motion Picture Public Foundation, the Hungarian Culture Ministry, TV2, Budapest Film and German fund Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung. International sales are being handled by French company The Coproduction Office.
Hungarian Film Week also honoured Attila Gigor’s The Investigator with four prizes: Best Genre Film, Best Actor (for Zsolt Anger), Best Screenplay and Best Editing.
The award for Best Actress went to Ági Gubik for Attila Till’s Panic; Best Director went to Elemér Ragályi (Without Mercy); and Béla Paczolay’s The Adventurers (see news) received the award for Best Debut Film.
Finally, Benedek Fliegauf’s Milky Way (lauded at Locarno) scooped three honours: Special Jury Prize, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.