Mundruczo shoots The Frankenstein Project
by Fabien Lemercier
With three successful features already under his belt – Pleasant Days [+see also:
film profile] (2002 Locarno Silver Leopard), Johanna [+see also:
film profile] (2005 Cannes Certain Regard entry) and Delta [+see also:
interview: Kornél Mundruczó
interview: Orsi Tóth
film profile] (a Cannes 2008 competition entry & winner of the FIPRESCI prize) – young and highly talented Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczo has kicked off shooting on his fourth feature, The Frankenstein Project. The film will have a young cast, starring Rudolf Frecska, Kitty Csikos, Lili Monori, Miklós Székely B., as well as the director himself.
Based on the novel by Mary Shelley and the play scripted in 2007 by Mundruczo and Yvette Bíró, The Frankenstein Project is the story of how a 19 year-old (Frecska) attending a boarding school moves back to live with his family. His attempts to win the love of his near ones prove more difficult than he thought and it all ends in disaster.
DoP is Mátyás Erdély (Johanna, Delta, Before Dawn, The History of Aviation) and production is by Viktória Petrányi for Hungarian company Proton Cinema. The Frankenstein Project is a three-way co-production, with Germany’s Essential Filmproduktion (Susanne Marian), Austria’s KGP Produktion (Gabriele Kranzelbinder) working together with Hungarian outfits Filmpartners (Gábor Kovács & Ági Pataki) and Laokoon Film (Gabor Sipos, also 2009 Producer on the Move, see interview). The film’s €1.6m budget includes €145,000 from the German regional fund Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and €540,000 from the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary (MMKA). French-German outfit Coproduction Office will handle international sales.
(Translated from French)
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