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Pieces of a Woman – Festival Sirenos, Vilnius

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  • Directed by 

    Kornél Mundruczó

  • Premiered

    December 13, 2018

  • Duration

    2 h 30 min (no intermission)

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A feminist family drama set in present day Warsaw, powered by the strength and determination of female characters. A family get-together shows, as if through a lens, the problems and internal conflicts of Polish society. 

The protagonist of the play, 30-year-old Maja struggles with a personal tragedy. In order to get back on track, she must question her old life and rebuild from scratch the relationships with her family. “Pieces of a Woman” is an evocative picture of modern women who fight for the right to decide about their own life. Kornél Mundruczó – director, and Kata Weber – author of the script, portrait each character with great empathy – they don’t judge or criticize any of the characters gathered around the family table. The performance employs cinematographic means of expression and captivates the viewers with intimate narrative, the realism of the details and tenderness of the actor’s creations. “Pieces of a Woman” is a second, after “The Bat” (premiere 2012, prod. TR Warszawa), Kornél Mundruczó’s play produced in Poland. Both performances have gained recognition of Polish and international audiences.

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Copyright of Jolanta Jarmołowicz (translator) to the play “Parts of a Woman” is represented by Agencja Dramatu i Teatru ADiT.



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Kornél Mundruczó

Kornél Mundruczó is a Hungarian film and theater director. Mundruczó studied film and television at the Hungary’s Academy of Film and Drama and then went on to become a critically acclaimed director. He has directed 17 short and feature films. Notably, PLEASANT DAYS (2002) was awarded the Silver Leopard in Locarno; JOHANNA (2005), a filmic opera adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc, was presented in Cannes Un Certain Regard. Other known films are DELTA (2008) and WHITE GOD (2014) that won the Prize Un Certain Regard and had a Spotlight section at the Sundance Film Festival and JUPITER’S MOON (2017).
Parallel to his filmmaking career, Mundruczó has worked in theater and opera and founded his independent theater company, Proton Theater . He often casts the same actors and strives to create a team with them. In Mundruczó’s words, “I come from a theatrical background, and I’m convinced that it’s in fact the audience which determines whether the film works or not”.

Kata Wéber

Kata Wéber is a Hungarian screen and theater writer. She studied acting at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Hungary and after a prolific acting career, she dedicated herself to writing in theatre. Her theatre works are among others: The Bat, Pieces of a Woman (TR Warszawa), Hotel Lucky Hole (Schauspielhaus Zürich), Imitation of Life, Evolution (Proton Theatre) picking up various awards along the way. Together with Kornél Mundruczó they work as the tandem for film and stage creations. Their work together has proven to be fruitful after WHITE GOD (2014) won the Prize Un Certain Regard and had a Spotlight section at the Sundance Film Festival, and JUPITER’S MOON (2017) was also In Competition as part of The Official Selection of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. Their first english language movie “Pieces of a Woman” produced by Bron Studios premiered at 77th Venice International Film Festival, where Vanessa Kirby was awarded the best actress prize for the lead performance followed by an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Leading role.

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