Kornél Mundruczó

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Biography

Kornél Mundruczó is a Hungarian theatre and film director and actor. He studied at the Hungarian University of Film and Drama and has been working for the stage since 2003. After freelancing with more or less the same group of people for several years, he founded his independent theatre company, Proton Theatre in 2009 together with theatre producer Dóra Büki. His most famous productions include the stage adaptation of W. Sorokin’s Ice (Wiener Festwochen 2010), J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace (Wiener Festwochen 2012), Hard to be a God (Wiener Festwochen 2011), based on his own script and The Imitation of Life (Wiener Festwochen 2016), based on a text by Kata Wéber. Pieces of a Woman produced by TR Warszawa is his second performance based on the text of the same author, who collaborated with him as well for the film version. For directing Pieces of a Woman, Mundruczó received the Swinarski Award – the most important accolade given to theatre directors in Poland, while the performance itself received the Grand Prix for the best performance at 12th International Theatre Festival Divine Comedy in Cracow.
Since 2003 Kornél Mundruczó has directed in the genre of opera as well. The Makropulos Affair, premiered at the Flemish Opera in Antwerp in 2016, was nominated for the International Opera Award in the category Best New Production. Kornél Mundruczó made his directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. That same year, he founded the film production company Proton Cinema Ltd. with Viktória Petrányi, his constant co-writer and artistic collaborator since college. In 2014 his sixth feature film White God won the main prize of the section Un Certain Regard in Cannes. His first English-language feature Pieces of a Woman was in Competition at 77th Venice International Film Festival. His latest film Evolution, inspired by the theatre production of the same title of Proton Theatre, premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

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