Facets Multi-Media announces the US release of Cannes award-winner DELTA.
"A beautifully atmospheric vessel" - Variety
"Deliverance on the Danube" - Chicago Reader
"A weird, eerie, and utterly compelling Hungarian gem…genius." - Times UK
(Chicago, IL) DELTA, the new film by Kornél Mundruczó, will be released theatrically by Facets Multi-Media. It opens March 12, 2010 at the Cinema Village in New York City. Set in the isolated delta region along the Danube River in Romania, the multiple award-winning film tells an explosive story of forbidden love between a brother and sister.
With a quiet power and the impact of a Greek tragedy, DELTA follows the unusual relationship that begins when a young man returns home to the labyrinthine waterways of his youth. There he meets a sister he never knew he had. They become unusually close, so much so that they shun the village for life alone in a house built in the middle of the river. The distance does not keep them safe from the condemning outside world for long.
Shot on-location amongst the overgrown wilds of the Danube, DELTA is hauntingly beautiful. The story behind the film is just as intriguing, as well.
DELTA was near completion when lead Lajos Bertok died unexpectedly of a heart attack. The tragedy pushed production back to day one. Regardless, Mundruczó pushed on, re-writing with acclaimed screenwriter Yvette Biro (whose credits include work with Karoly Makk and Miklos Jancso) and re-shooting with Felix Lajko in Bertok’s place. The replacement actor brought not only a new face to DELTA, but also a new sound—a renowned musician, Lajko composed the film’s distinct soundtrack on the Hungarian citera.
Critical lauds as well as awards and nominations from Cannes, the European Film Awards and beyond follow DELTA wherever it goes. The honors signal Kornél Mundruczó as a hot new director to watch.
Born in 1975, the graduate of the Hungarian University for Film and Drama is proving himself an auteur of singular vision alongside fellow Hungarian countrymen Bela Tarr (Satantango, The Man of London) and Gyorgy Palfi (Hukkle, Taxidermia) with his films Pleasant Days (2002), Johanna (2005) and now Delta (2008). His work has garnered awards and nominations at the Cannes, Rotterdam, Locarno, Cracow, Sofia International and Brussels European Film Festivals, the Hungarian Film Week, and more.
Facets is proud to present a film that heralds a new voice in contemporary world cinema.