Delta (2008): Hungarian Film about Forbidden Love

The Hungarian film “Delta,” which premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Fest (in competition), is set in the isolated delta region along the Danube River in Romania, and centers on the dramatically explosive story of forbidden love between a brother and sister.

Noted by the power and the impact of a tragedy, “Delta” follows the unusual relationship that begins when a young man returns home to the labyrinthine waterways of his youth. Upon meeting a sister he never knew he had, he falls for her and they become unusually close, so much so that they shun the village for life alone in a house built in the middle of the river. However, the physical distance does not keep them safe from the condemning outside world for long.
The film was shot on-location amongst the overgrown wilds of the Danube, resulting in a hauntingly beautiful and haunting imagery that’s utterly congruent with the tale’s theme and tone.
The story behind the making of the picture is just as intriguing. “Delta” is also a story of perseverance: Helmer Kornel Mundruczó had his film nearly complete when original lead Lajos Bertok died unexpectedly of a heart attack. The tragedy pushed the production back to day one. Undeterred, Mundruczó rewrote part of the film with screenwriter Yvette Biro and reshot most of it with Felix Lajko in Bertok’s place. The replacement actor brought not only a new face but also a new sound; famed musician, Lajko composed the film’s distinct zither soundtrack.
Felix Lajko and Orsolya Toth.
Directed by Kornel Mundruczó.                           
Produced by Phillippe Bober.
Cinematographer is Matyas Erdeky.                 
Screeenplay by Yvette Buro.
Running Time: 96 Minutes. 
In Hungarian with English subtitles
Cannes Film Festival 2008, winner FIPRESCI Prize
Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema
Hungarian Film Week, winner Grand Prize