'This film is about survival,' Mundruczo told the audience of the awards ceremony yesterday, alluding to his five-year journey in making the film. The project was set back when lead actor Lajos Bertok died in the midst of filming and the director was forced to recast, placing Felix Lajko in the role. Lajko also received an award for best original music for his work on the Delta soundtrack.
The other big winner of the festival was The Investigator, which earned Zsolt Anger the award for Best Actor, Zoltan Kovacs the award for Best Editing, and Best Screenplay.
The international jury also award a special prize for Milky Way. Benedek Fliegauf's experimental film received a Golden Leopard at Locarno last year and also picked up a Film Week award for Best Sound.
The Best Director award went to Elemer Ragalyi for his work on Without Mercy. Best Cinematography went to Gergely Poharnok for his work on Milky Way and on Hourglass.
Prizes of 39th Hungarian Film Week
Main Prize Golden Reel: DELTA by KORNÉL MUNDRUCZ'
Best Director: ELEMÉR RAGÁLYI for WITHOUT MERCY
Best Genre Film Moziverzum Prize: THE INVESTIGATOR by Attila Gigor
Best Cinematography: GERGELY POHÁRNOK for THE HOURGLASS & MILKY WAY
Special Prize of the Jury: BENEDEK FLIEGAUF for MILKY WAY
Best First Film Simo Sándor Prize: ADVENTURERES by Bela Paczolay
Best Actress: ÁGI GUBIK for PANIC
Best Actor: ZSOLT ANGER for THE INVESTIGATOR
Best Screenplay: ATTILA GIGOR for THE INVESTIGATOR
Best Original Music: FÉLIX LAJK' for DELTA
Best Producer: DÉNES SZEKERES for WITHOUT MERCY & THE SUN STREET BOYS
Best Visual Design: BALÁZS HUJBER for OVERNIGHT
Best Editor Golden Scissors Prize: ZOLTÁN KOVÁCS for THE INVESTIGATOR
Best Sound Golden Microphone Prize: TAMÁS BEKE for MILKY WAY
The Gene Moskowitz Prize awarded by the foreign critics to
DELTA by KORNÉL MUNDRUCZ'
People's Choice via Internet: PANIC by ATTILA TILL
Most successful Hungarian films in cinema in 2007
Prize of the Association of Hungarian Cinema Exhibitors: SOS LOVE! by Tamás Sas
Prize of the National Radio and Television Board (ORTT): CHILDREN OF GLORY by Krisztina Goda
Experimental and Short Films:
Best Experimental Film: OWN DEATH by Peter Forgács
Category Prize: SHOCK by Gerd Marcell
Best Short Feature Film: WEAK DAYS by Ádám Császi
Category Prize: LET'S ROLL by Simon Szabo
Best Documentary: LAST BUS STOP by Zsuzsa Böszörmenyi & Kai Salminen
Creative Documentary Prize: I'M VON HÖFLER by Peter Forgács
Best Director: KRIST'F KOVÁCS for FULL OF GREASE
Best Cinematography (ex-aequo):
T'TH ZSOLT & ANDRÁS SALAMON for RHYTHM OF THE CITY & SÁNDOR MOHI for THE PRAYER
Best Creative Documentary Cinematography: MÁTHÉ TIBOR for ANOTHER PLANET
Equal Opportunities Prize: THE SINKING VILLAGE by Márton Szirmai
Schiffer Pál Prize: MISSING PAGES for Schuster Richárd
Scientific Educational Documentary Films:
Best Scientific Educational Documentary: ON GENTLE THREADS by Judit Pocs & István Rittgasser
Best Director (ex-aequo):
ZSOLT MARCELL T'RT for ON THE LAND OF WATERY PLAINS & TÖRÖK ZOLTÁN for OTTER MAN
Best Cinematography: J'ZSEF RÁK for THE KISS OF GREEN MUSES