Screenwriting in artfilm is always a work of the closest collaboration.
Each title has been a common venture with the respective director.


A film formanyelve
Tender Son (2010)

Freely inspired by Mary Shelley's novel: Frankenstein


Festival de Cannes 2010
Official Selection in Competition
Sarajevo Film Festival 2010 - Special Prize
Sevilla International Film Festival 2010 - Best Director, Best Cinematographer


Hungary/Germany/Austria

Director: Kornel Mundruczo

Co-author: Yvette Biro



A film formanyelve Delta (2008)

Festival de Cannes 2008
Official Selection in Competition
International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI)


Hungary/Germany

Director: Kornel Mundruczo

Co-author: Yvette Biro


This is an appalling truth of our existence: how much hatred and violence is repressed in plain, seemingly calm, common people. When difference and "otherness" cannot be accepted. The sudden contrast of destructive forces against the stillness of the blue water and the sky emphasizes the awful depth of the drama.


A film formanyelve Johanna (2006)

Festival de Cannes 2006
Official Selection at Un Certain Regard


Hungary/Germany

Director: Kornel Mundruczo

Co-writer: Yvette Biro


A perplexing adaptation of the Joan of Arc legend: a junky, a frail girl finding herself in a hospital, becomes the angel/demon of the patients by offering her fine body to heal them. Her scandalous behavior arouses the hatred of the doctors and nurses and they decide to condemn her to death, throwing the body to the trash.
Performed in the form of an opera, the stylization enhances the defying, daring vision.



The Stone Raft (2003)

Based on the Nobel Laureat José Saramago's novel


Netherlands/Spain/Portugal

Director: George Sluizer

Screenwriter: Yvette Biro

Saramago’s highly acclaimed novel is the basis of this "romantically magic" fable.
Because of the innocent actions of five brave people, a fantastic, inexplicable geological event occurs: the Iberian peninsula breaks off the European continent and it is impossible to prevent it. The break threatens to bring about a terrible disaster: the blowing up of the earth. The mystery brings people together and love, friendship, discord and solidarity keep men and women on the move.

Miraculously, the final explosion will be avoided, however, the human experience, with the moral, emotional richness that it entails, remains fabulously symbolic.


A film formanyelve

Szerelmem Elektra (1974)

i.e. Electra

Hungary

Director: Miklos Jancso

Co-writer: Yvette Biro (non credited for reasons of censorship)

The ancient classical Electra myth has been adapted to partially recent circumstances. The role of Aigistos, the father’s murderer, is emphasized as a tyrant who is the enemy of the people. Electra is waiting for Orestes. With the help of her brother, she will finally kill him, but retribution will occur…

Hundreds of corpses cover the ground when, at the end, Electra and Orestes are symbolically taken up by a red helicopter to a more righteous and imaginary future.



"Még kér a nép" (1972)

i.e. Red Psalm

Hungary

Director: Miklos Jancso

Co-screenwriter: Yvette Biro

In 1890, some peasant revolt took place, violently expropriating the landlords’ estates. It all happened as a collective ceremony, the ferocious acts were not exempt of solemn, folkloric celebration. They dared to rise up against all the ruling powers, including the church, while socialist prayers and psalms accompanied the actions.

Unsurprisingly, the military finally set about to kill all the rebels, yet never ceasing the choreography of the music and dance. However, the films closes, ending with a symbolic action in wich the lead takes her gun bound with a red ribbon and fires it toward the sky…


A film formanyelve

Agnus Dei (1970)

Hungary

Director: Miklos Jancso

Co-screenwriter: Yvette Biro

After the repressed and short-lived revolution of 1919, the film presents the era of the "white terror" when the obsessed right-wing leaders and priests manipulate and condemn the ex-revolutionary reds, soldiers and women to death.

The new oppressive power has its symbolic representatives: priests, officers in uniform, humiliated innocents… Military and religious heroes play their murderous roles.

The unusual intricately choreographed mythological tale creates poetic, epic unity in this fragmented story. At the end, both the "vicious" and the voluntary martyrs are burned on a spectacular stake.



Fényes szelek (1969)

i.e. The Confrontation

Hungary

Director: Miklos Jancso

Co-screenwriter: Yvette Biro

The film was made in the year of student unrests, and deals with a power-game between young revolutionary activists and Catholic students, all playing out the "classical" Stalinist methods and rituals. The fight with the enemy quickly changes into an interior one. Punishment and excommunication for those who are out of line, go hand-in-hand with the "class struggle".

Music and dance appear as an important means of expression. The structure of the film is circular; without any final relief, suggesting that nothing was ever learned during the revolutionary process of "making history".



Sirokko (1969)

i.e. Winter Wind

Hungary/France

Director: Miklos Jancso

Co-screenwriter: Yvette Biro

The starting point is a half-real but entirely stylized historical event taking place in the near past and in another country, not Hungary. In a small anarchistic revolutionary community, as a response to a mysterious (supposed or real?) attack, in order to call the attention to the scandalous crime they provoke a spectacular counter-attack. One of their members is requested to commit suicide. This is the reason for their confrontation with the repressive power.

Though the desired goal is not achieved, the tragic importance of that death has its dramatic consequence.



DRAMATURG / ARTISTIC CONSULTANT
Haazaron

i.e. Twist with Destiny

India/France, 2003-5
Director: Sudhir Mishra

Consultation for Young Filmakers by the Invation of G.R.E.C.

Groupe de Recherches et d'Essais Cinématographiques, Moulin d'Andé (France), 1998-2000

Szép lányok ne sírjatok

i.e. Binding Sentiments

Hungary, 1969
Director: Marta Meszaros

Holdudvar

i.e. Halo Round the Moon

Hungary, 1968
Director: Marta Meszaros

Utószezon

i.e. Late Season

Hungary, 1966
Director: Zoltan Fabri

Húsz óra

i.e. Twenty Hours

Hungary, 1965
Director: Zoltan Fabri

Liliomfi

Hungary, 1955
Director: Karoly Makk

Rokonok

i.e. Relatives

Hungary, 1954
Director: Felix Mariassy

Bakaruhában

i.e. A Sunday Romance

Hungary, 1954
Director: Imre Fehér

STAGE PRODUCTIONS
The Age of the Possessed

Inspired by Dostoyevsky’s famous novel, the play follows the most enigmatic hero in his restless wavering between Evil and Good, in order to finally choose total solitude.

Hamburg Thalia Theater, 2011
Director: Kornél Mundruczó

Hard to be a God

Brussels, Lisbon, Essen, etc., 2010
Director: Kornél Mundruczó

Judasevangelium

Hamburg Thalia Theatre, 2009
Director: Kornél Mundruczó

The Frankenstein Project

Brussels, Paris, Vienna, etc., 2007/2008
Director: Kornél Mundruczó

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