8th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles
October  15 - 23  2008

Delta (Delta)
Kornél Mundruczó

Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Screenplay: Yvette Bíró , Kornél Mundruczó
Photography: Mátyás Erdély
Editor: David Jancsó
Story editor: Viktória Petrányi
Costumes: János Breckl
Sound: Gábor Balázs, Tamás Zányi
Music: Félix Lajkó
Production company: Proton Cinema, Essential Filmproduktion, Filmpartners
Production manager: Judit Sós
Co-producer: Susanne Marian, Ági Pataki, Gábor Kovács
Producer: Viktória Petrányi
Cast: Félix Lajkó, Orsi Tóth, Lili Monori, Sándor Gáspár
(2008, feature film, 35mm, colour, 93 min.)

A quiet young man returns to the wild, isolated landscape of the
Delta. It is a labyrinth of waterways, small islands and over-grown
vegetation, where the villagers are cut off from the outside world.
The young man, who has been away since early childhood, is
introduced to a sister he never knew he had. She is frail and timid,
but resolute when she decides to join him in his run-down hut on
the shore. Together they build a house on stilts in the middle of
the river, far away from everyone else. One day, they invite the
villagers over to share a meal together, but it becomes apparent
that the coarse locals do not accept their “unnatural” relationship.

From a cinematic point of view, Delta is as beautiful as it is tragic.
Kornél Mundruczó has obviously seen some of the Hungarian
masters' work, like Miklos Jancsó or Béla Tarr. But  he does not set
out to copy them. His movie is original, fresh and courageous,
following the example of his two first features, Pleasant Days (Szép
napok, Silver Leopard, Locarno 2002), and Johanna (Cannes, "Un
Certain Regard", 2005). Delta shows us that Hungarian cinema is
again on the map, and that universal themes can bring us together if
the movie experience is enriching and enlightening, as is the case
Building New Lives, New Cinema
By João Antunes

...Hungarian helmer Kornel Mundruczo's long-gestating "Delta" is a
beautifully atmospheric vessel that will seem infinitely deep to some
and chafingly dry to others...