Jupiter’s Moon

Thursday, April 12, 2018
9:30 p.m.
Castro Theatre

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
3:30 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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Stepping over and through genres in giant leaps, the transcendent new film by White God's Kornél Mundruczó details the story of a Syrian refugee who discovers he can fly. This ability is not only explored literally, with marvelous long takes of Aryan floating above Budapest, but also metaphorically, as he is identified and exploited as a person to fear and possibly destroy. An extraordinary single-shot car chase provides one of the film's numerous highlights.

"The juxtaposition of supernatural thriller tropes and urgent sociopolitical issues in Kornél Mundruczó’s latest movie — an original take on the superhero origin story set to the backdrop of the refugee crisis — might prove a delicate one for some viewers to take. Those unperturbed, however, should find much to relish in Jupiter’s Moon, a film that somewhat lightly plays with themes of religion and immigration as it rumbles, crashes, and ultimately soars through the streets of the Hungarian capitol." – Rory O'Connor, TheFilmStage.com

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Director Kornél Mundruczó

Among Kornél Mundruczó’s previous features are Johanna (2005); Delta (Festival 2009), winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project (2010), winner of a special jury prize for Best Film at the Sarajevo Film Festival; and White God (2014), winner of Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival. Of Jupiter’s Moon, he says, “When I was fourteen years old, I read a book called The Flying Boy, and I asked myself, should I believe in this or not? I wanted to create a story that continually makes people ask themselves the same question: ‘Should I believe in what I am seeing or not?’”

Film Details
  • Country(ies): Hungary/Germany
  • Language(s): Hungarian, English
  • Year: 2017
  • Running time: 128
  • Director(s): Kornél Mundruczó
  • Producer(s): Viktória Petrányi, Viola Fügen, Michael Weber, Michel Merkt
  • Writer(s): Kata Wéber
  • Cinematographer(s): Marcell Rév
  • Editor(s): Dávid Jancsó
  • Music: Jed Kurzel
  • With: Zsomber Jéger, Merab Ninindze, György Cserhalmi

Print Source:

The Match Factory