A winner of the 2008 Cannes FIPRESCI prize, “Delta” is quiet film that sneaks up on you. “Delta” was directed by Kornel Mundruczo considered to be one of the top directors working in contemporary world cinema. The dialogue is in Hungarian with English subtitles.
The story is told in a manner that is basic yet very visual. The film has been beautifully photographed by award winning cinematographer Matyas Erdely.
The characters do not have much, if any, in the way of back stories. There is little dialogue. A son returns to find his mother. He meets the sister he did not know he had. The brother and sister set off to build a house over a river. As the house takes shape so does their relationship. The mother and her husband disapprove of the relationship as do some of the locals.
Mundruczo’s style consists of very long takes which compliment and enhance the quiet nature of the characters, all of whom live a rural existence along the Danube River in Romania. The combined elements of the characters, cinematography and direction all culminate with an impact that is both unexpected and powerful.
“Delta” is now playing at Cinema Village in New York.
Delta, director Kornel Mundruczo, 2008, Facets Media