Director Kornél Mundruczó / 2021 / Germany,Hungary

Contemporary Europe, Jewish identity and the legacy of the Holocaust form a bubbling cauldron in this intergenerational triptych.

A story of three generations of a Jewish family, told in three parts – from WWII to modern-day Berlin. In the first, a baby is discovered by three men cleaning a shower block, a site of an atrocity that now only yields surreal clues to the precise nature of those horrors. In the second, the child, Éva, is a resentful elderly woman living in Budapest, sparring with her Berlin-based, newly divorced daughter Léna over questions of identity. In the third, Léna’s son Jonas encounters the world through the prism of his smartphone, a conduit for jibes over his ethnicity.

Making its bow as part of the newly launched Cannes Premiere program, the new work by Kornél Mundruczó (Jupiter’s Moon, MIFF 2017) is framed around legendary avant-garde composer György Ligeti’s Requiem, elements of which famously feature on the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. An adaptation of the Hungarian director’s 2019 theatrical production of the same name, Evolution is an operatic interrogation of trauma and the power that the past inexorably wields over the present.

“Mundruczó is a director with radical ideas and a real eye for a set-piece.” – Film Inquiry

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