Kornél Mundruczó & Kata Wéber / TR Warszawa Warsaw / Budapest
Kornél Mundruczó is a Hungarian theatre and film director, actor. He studied film-making at the Hungarian Film Institute. Between 1998 and 2016 he has made 16 short and feature films. He was awarded the Silver Leopard in Locarno for his Pleasant Days (2002), FIPRESCI- Preis in Cannes for Delta (2008) and was nominated to Golden Palm awards for Tender Son. The Frankenstein Project. After freelancing with more or less the same group of people for several years, in 2009 he founded his independent theatre company, Proton Theatre together with Dóra Büki. His most famous productions include the stage adaptation of W. Sorokin’s Ice, J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, Hard to be a God, based on his own script and The Imitation of Life, based on the text by Kata Wéber. Pieces of a Woman is his second performance based on the text of the same author, who collaborated with him as well for movies. Mostly he stages his theatre adaptations in Hungarian, German and Austrian theaters. He often casts the same actors and strives to create a team with them. In Mundruczó's words, “I come from a theatrical background, and I'm convinced that it's in fact the audience which determines whether the film works or not”. The production of White God, another of his full-length films, won the Prize Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was screened in the Spotlight section of Sundance Film Festival in 2015. His 3rd film Jupiter’s Moon was as well in the official selection for the Cannes Film Festival. For directing Pieces of a Woman for TR Warszawa Mundruczó received the Swinarski Award – the most important accolade given to the theatre directors in Poland, while the performance itself received Grand Prix for the best performance at 12th International Theatre Festival Divine Comedy in Cracow. Actors playing in Pieces of a Woman received several accolades for their roles in the performance. The movie Pieces of a Woman based on the scenario of Kata Wéber, was their first english language film, produced by Bron Studios premiered at 77th Venice International Film Festival, where Vanessa Kirby was awarded the best actress prize for the lead performance followed by an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Leading role.
Upon graduating from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Kata Wéber began her career working in theatre, eventually becoming a scriptwriter and playwright. Her theatre pieces have been produced in Poland (The Bat, Pieces of a Woman, TR Warszawa ), Germany (My Sweet Haiti, Schauspiel Hannover), Switzerland (Hotel Lucky Hole, Schauspielhaus Zurich) and Hungary (Dementia, Imitation of Life, Evolution, Proton Theatre) receiving various awards along the way. During these years, she began working for Proton Cinema and started collaborating with director Kornél Mundruczó. Their first film together, White God, won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes in 2014 and had its North American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. Her next original feature, Jupiter’s Moon, premiered in competition at Cannes in 2017. She received her DLA degree summa cum laude from The University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest in 2018. Her first opera libretto, Journey of Hope – based on the Oscar-winning film by Xavier Koller – will be presented in Grand Theatre Geneva. Pieces of a Woman is her first English language screenplay, the movie directed by Kornel Mundruczo premiered at 77th Venice International Film Festival, where Vanessa Kirby was awarded the best actress prize for the lead performance followed by an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Leading role.