Tender Son - The Frankenstein Project / Szelíd Teremtés - A Frankenstein-terv (Hungary/Germany/Austria, 2010)

directed by Kornél Mundruczó, drama, 101 min, fr subtitles
written by Kornél Mundruczó
with Rudolf Frecska, Kitty Csikos, Lili Monori, Kornél Mundruczó

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 Rudi‘s 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 Shelley‘s classic gothic novel Frankenstein.

Seville FF 2010 (Special Jury Prize, Best Director of Photography)
Sarajevo FF 2010 (Special Jury Award)
Munich FF 2010 (Special Mention)
Hungarian Film Week 2011 (Best Director, Best Cinematography)