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.
Cannes IFF 2008
In fact, it was the landscape, above all, which inspired me in making this film... First of all, the physical side, the material side, and secondly, the symbolic aspect. I wouldn't talk about stylization. It's not something like a desert or a mountain landscape... This is perhaps the element that is shared by all my three films: I look at a very limited microcosm, in fact, a very small world; here, I focus on a family problem. I always have to find the right place, the right location, in which I can create this microcosm, this mini-universe.
Kornél Mundruczó was born in Hungary in 1975. He studied at the Hungarian Film Institute and directed his short film Afta shortly after leaving school. It went on to win numerous international awards. Pleasant Days, his second feature film, was awarded the Silver Leopard in Locarno in 2002 for best first or second feature. He entered in the Cannes Residence in 2003. His third feature film, Johanna - a filmic opera adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc - was presented at ENH festival in 2005. Delta is his fourth feature film.
2000 Afta / Day after Day (kr.m. / short)
2000 Nincsen nekem vágyam semmi / This I Wish and Nothing More
2002 Kilka pogodnych dni / Szép napok / Pleasant Days
2003 Kis Apokrif No. 1 / Little Apocrypha No. 1 (kr.m. / short)
2003 A 78-as Szent Johannája / Joan of Arc on the Night Bus (kr.m. / short)
2004 Kis Apokrif No. 2 / Little Apokrypha No. 2 (kr.m. / short)
2005 Joanna / Johanna / Joan