EVOLUTION by KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ, written by KATA WÉBER, is the opening film of the 33rd TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL, where it will have its Italian premiere.
After the extraordinary success of Pieces of a Woman, which won an award at Venice and was nominated for an Oscar, Evolution offers a powerful reflection on memory and identity, once again with Martin Scorsese as executive producer. On release in Italian cinemas from 27 January, distributed by Teodora Film.
EVOLUTION, the new feature film directed by Kornél Mundruczó and written by Kata Wéber is the opening film of the 33rd TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL where it will have its Italian premiere. It follows on from the extraordinary success of Pieces of a Woman (awarded at Venice and nominated for an Oscar). Much acclaimed in the out of competition section at the last Cannes Film Festival, and on release in Italian cinemas on 27 January, distributed by Teodora Film, Evolution tells an extraordinarily intense story, and again has Martin Scorsese as executive producer.
The film’s protagonist is a family that across three generations confronts the legacy of the Shoah, from the miraculous birth of Éva in a concentration camp to the daily life of the grandson Jonas and of his mother in today’s Berlin. Inspired by real-life events, Mundruczó and Wéber produce a powerful reflection on memory and identity, thanks in part to a formidable cast and a staging that leaves you speechless with its incredible sequence shots.
“Each new film by Mundruczó and Wéber,” declares Scorsese, “comes as a salutary shock to viewers and filmmakers alike: these are two directors who never stop venturing into uncharted territory. With Evolution they manage to dramatise the very movement of time, the way we remember and the way we forget“.
Festival directors Fabrizio Grosoli and Nicoletta Romeo declare: “We are happy to open the 33rd Trieste Film Festival with the new film by one of the most interesting personalities of Hungarian and European cinema, Kornél Mundruczó, who has already been a guest on several occasions. It is a film written, like the previous Pieces of a Woman, by Kata Wéber and offers a story structured as a triptych exploring three generations of a family that, from the Nazi concentration camps to the multicultural Berlin of today, tries to recover from the wounds and traumas of history: and it is the young people who give us a lesson in hope and humanity, in a Europe that is perhaps finally open to coexistence between different cultures“.
Born on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Trieste Film Festival is the leading Italian event dedicated to Central and Eastern European cinema: For over thirty years it has promoted the cinema of countries and directors which are often unfamiliar – or even unknown – to Italian, and, in general, “Western” audiences.