Kornél Mundruczó / Proton Theatre – Imitation of Life

Hungarian with German and English surtitles.
A production of Proton Theater Budapest in coproduction with Wiener Festwochen, Theater Oberhausen, La Rose des Vents, Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg/ Scene européenne; Trafó House of Contemporary Arts; HAU Hebbel am Ufer, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts and Wiesbaden Biennale.

Photo: Ákos Stiller
A Roma boy doesn’t look like the rest of his family: pale skin, not like a Roma. He renounces his origins and begins a new life. Filled with hope. But his attempt fails. Rejected by everyone, he lets his frustration take over and commits murder. – Kornél Mundruczó, internationally celebrated for his prize-winning films in Cannes and Locarno, developed »Imitation of Life« based on a true story. In the spring of 2005 in Hungary, a young Roma man was killed by another man of the same age with a sword. In the heated mood of the time, people quickly assumed the crime had a racist motive, yet the murderer himself was Roma. – Mundruczós’ works are sweeping narratives that draw the audience in cinematically: uncomfortable, political and radical in a way that pushes the audience beyond their comfort zone. They daringly take an unflinching look at Hungary’s new reality and at the same time represent the powerful resistance of an artist who refuses to accept it.


Director Kornél Mundruczó
Stage Designer Márton Ágh
Costume Designer Márton Ágh, Melinda Domán
Text Kata Wéber & Team
Dramaturgy Soma Boronkay
Music Asher Goldschmidt
Artistic Adviser Stefanie Carp
With Lili Monori, Roland Rába, Annamária Láng, Zsombor Jéger, Dáriusz Kozma, Ruben Gerendás