Tender Son - The Frankenstein Project
(Szelíd teremtés - A Frankenstein-terv)

feature, 35mm, 101 minutes, cinemascope

co-produced with: Germany Austria


Long ago, a young man fathered a child without ever knowing what became of him. Now 17, his son Rudi returns home hoping to reunite with his family after years spent in an institution. Returning to his mother, he hopes to find acceptance, affection, and most importantly, who his father is, but finds that he is not welcome.  Almost by accident, Rudi slips into a casting session. The director of the film is transfixed by his innocence and thinks he has found his lead. But a terrible event soon compromises Rudi¹s good intentions. He becomes a hunted murderer, and the director realizes that Rudi, this peculiar and silent boy, is his son and his own monstrous creation. The director now has no other choice but to accompany his son on his inevitable, brutal path and their common search for redemption.

Inspired by Mary Shelley¹s classic gothic novel Frankenstein.


Kornél Mundruczó Director
Yvette Bíró, Kornél Mundruczó Screenplay
Mátyás Erdély Director of photography
David Jancsó Editor
Gábor Balázs Sound
Márton Ágh Visual design
János Breckl Costumes
Viktória Petrányi, Susanne Marian, Gabriele Kranzelblinder, Gábor Kovács Producer
Proton Cinema, Essential Filmproduktion / DE, KGP / AT, Filmpartners Production company
Laokoon Film, RTL Klub Co-producer
Rudolf Frecska, Kitty Csíkos, Kornél Mundruczó, Lili Monori, Miklós Székely B. Cast


Munich Film Festival - 2010 Special Mention
Seville Film Festival - 2010 Special Jury Prize
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2011 Kornél Mundruczó - Best Director
Sarajevo Film Festival - 2010 Special Jury Award
Ostrava Kamera Oko - 2010 Mátyás Erdély - Special Mention
Seville Film Festival - 2010 Mátyás Erdély - Best Director of Photography Award
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2011 Mátyás Erdély - Best Cinematography


Palic International Film Festival - 2011
Wroclaw New Horizons IFF - 2011
Bratislava International Film Festival - 2010
Jerusalem International Film Festival - 2010
Wroclaw New Horizons IFF - 2010
Luxembourg CinÉast - 2011
Adelaide International Film Festival - 2011
Toronto International Film Festival - 2010
Trieste Film Festival - 2011 (in competition)
Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2011
Bydgoszcz Camerimage - 2011
Riga Baltic Pearl - 2010
Sofia International Film Festival - 2011
Hong Kong International Film Festival - 2011
Linz Crossing Europe Film Festival - 2011
Rio de Janeiro IFF - 2010
Ghent Flanders International Film Festival - 2010 (in competition)
Copenhagen CPH:PIX - 2011
Edinburgh International Film Festival - 2011
Cannes International Film Festival - 2010 (in competition)
Săo Paulo International Film Festival - 2010
Philadelphia Film Festival - 2010

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