Kornél Mundruczó

    is a Hungarian actor, film director and screenwriter. A graduate of the Hungarian University of Film and Drama, he has directed many short and five features films (Pleasant days, Johanna, Delta, The Frankenstein-Project). He has also worked with Krétakör Theatre, Thalia Theater Hamburg and Schauspiel Hannover among others theatres. His most recent film, White God, has won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. “Freedom is too difficult for our nation sometimes […]. I tried to make this my most ‘Hungarian’ film and to clearly criticize the society I live in. Then I recognized that at the same this is the most internationally appealing film I’ve made as well. Maybe this means that our fear is a common thing nowadays. It’s a contemporary fear. After the economic crisis there was an unfounded fear of all these different segments of the population, minorities, and refugees not only in Hungary but also all over Europe. I fervently believe in equality. I believe we all share the world. We share the entire planet not only with humans but also with animals. We share the entire planet with them and humans easily forget that. Similarly, society and politicians easily forget that there should be equality amongst everyone. That’s very scary, but that’s why I’d like to use such unique characters for the film. This movie is a fairytale. It’s not about realism at all. It looks realistic but it’s much more about my personal view of the reality I’m living in. This movie is much closer to a David Lynch movie than to realism. Eastern Europe has completely changed in the last 5 to 10 years. It’s not slowly paced or filled with melancholy, we are not behind the Iron Curtain anymore. Now it’s the complete opposite. It’s fast, aggressive, and extreme. Of course, when I recognized this about Eastern Europe today I tried to find a new cinematic language. ‘White God’ is a horror movie, a political satire, a fantasy, and a melodrama. All the post-Soviet ideas came together. That’s what I wanted to use as a cinematic language for this film. There are lots of twists and turns. It starts as a Disney movie or as Spielberg’s ‘E.T.’, then it turns into a social drama and a coming-of-age story, then it’s a thriller, and the very end is like a horror film.”