dir. Kornél Mundruczó, Germany, Hungary, 2021, 97 min
In EVOLUTION, acclaimed filmmaking team Kornél Mundruczó and Kata Wéber (PIECES OF A WOMAN) return with a powerful drama tracing three generations of a family, from a surreal memory of World War II to modern day Berlin, unable to process their past in a society still coping with the wounds of its history.
Like the water that connects the episodes in this triptych, memory and identity are fluid, and how we relate to it can drown or buoy. The pain and stigma that trickles from Eva, to Lena and then Jonas is inexpressible, yet rendered with striking imagery by Mundruczó and a wrenchingly poignant yet acerbically ironic and personal script by Weber. While generational traumas find new expression in the present, the family in EVOLUTION looks towards a more hopeful future.
A surreal trip that spans three generations of a Jewish family. The pain and stigma of Holocaust that trickles from Eva, to Lena and then Jonas is inexpressible, yet rendered with striking imagery. While generational traumas find new expression in the present, the family in EVOLUTION looks towards a more hopeful future.
Meeting with a screenwriter Kata Wéber!
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 shown in Hungary, Poland, Switzerland and Germany picking up various awards along the way. During these years, she began working for Proton Cinema and started collaborating with director Kornel Mundruczo. 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. Her first english screenplay PIECES OF A WOMAN was in Competition as part of the Official Selection at the 77th Venice International Film Festival. Her last film, EVOLUTION premiered in Cannes in 2021. She received her DLA degree summa cum laude from The University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest in 2018.