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


About unpaidfilmcritic

Up until 2009 Seth Shire spent nearly two decades in the New York film industry as a post production supervisor of feature films. Highlights include working on the films of Martin Scorsese, James Toback and Spike Lee. Since leaving the film industry Seth has expanded into new and varied areas where he has found a great deal of satisfaction. Seth currently teaches in the Sociology Department of CUNY Queens College. His courses include "Mass Media and Popular Culture," "Introduction to Sociology," and "Sociology of Cinema" where he is a very popular teacher. Seth is also the film critic for "Town & Village," a Manhattan weekly newspaper, a position he has held for the past six years. Seth gives back to his community through volunteer teaching at Manhattan's "The Caring Community," a center for senior citizens, where he teaches a very popular course on documentaries called "The Golden Age of the Documentary. In the fall of 2010 Seth taught "Critical Reading and Writing" at Parsons School of Design. He has also taught "Cinema Studies" at the New York Film Academy. Seth lives in Stuyvesant Town, in Manhattan.

Posted on March 12, 2010, in Off the Beaten Path. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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