Kornél Mundruczó, was born in 1975 in Gödöllő in Hungary and studied drama from 1994 to 1998, before studying Film and TV Direction from 1998 to 2003 at the Hungarian University for Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. In 2003 he founded his own production company ‘Proton Cinema GmbH’.
He made his first film ‘Das wünsche ich und nichts mehr’ (‘This is what I wish for and nothing more’) in 1999 and was awarded ‘Best Debut’ at the 31st Hungarian Film Festival, as well as receiving the award for ‘Film of the Year’ as voted for by Hungarian film critics. Next came five short films and four feature films that won countless international prizes from places including Cannes and Locarno. At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival his photoplay ‘Underdog’ was awarded the top prize in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ category. It was productions like ‘Ice’ by Viktor Sorokin and ‘Frankenstein Project’ that made Mundruczó famous internationally.
His productions with his Hungarian theatre group, ‘Proton Theatre’ have been invited to festivals all over the world, to places including Avignon, Vienna, Sydney and Singapore. Kornél Mundruczó’s first German production was ‘The Gospel of Judas or Betrayal is your Passion’ at Thalia Gauß, which ushered in the artistic directorship of Joachim Lux in 2009&2010. In the 2010&2011 season, his premiere of ‘The Time of the Possessed’, inspired by Dostoyevsky’s novel ‘Demons’, saw Kornél Mundruczó continue his work at Thalia.
After his directorial debut in German-speaking countries, he began working in theatres all over Europe, including at the Hanover Schauspiel, the Zurich Schauspielhaus, the TR Warszawa and the Opera Vlaanderen. Mundruczó’s piece ‘Dementia’ was performed at the 2015 Lessingtagen at Thalia. The 2016&2017 season saw him return to Hamburg once again as he worked with the Thalia ensemble to bring Gerhart Hauptmann’s ‘The Weavers’ to the main stage as part of the 2017 ‘Theater der Welt’ Festival.
In the autumn of 2019 his production of ‘Liliom’ by Ferenc Molnár, a co-production with the Salzburg Festspielen, celebrated its premiere at Thalia.