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© Proton Theatre_Marcell Rév

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Kornél Mundruczó/Proton Theatre [HU]
Imitation of Life
A boy grows up in a Roma family, but he doesn't look like them - his skin color is different. The denial of his origins weighs on his childhood. He tries to find a new life in the anonymity of the city, but he will not find his place. Self-hatred stifles his social integration and finally pushes him to commit a murderous act against a young Roma on a tram.

Do we choose our fates, or are our lives predestined? This is the question raised by Kornél Mundruczó following this violent crime in Budapest in 2015. His actors become the artful protagonists of a fictional story that begins when a process server arrives to evict a single woman from her Budapest flat. An unexpected twist prevents him from carrying out his plan, and he is forced to examine his own conscience. In the meantime, it becomes clear that the derelict flat hides dark secrets that new tenants will have to face. Imitation of Life is a lucid look at the contradictions of a society, both in Hungary and beyond, where all forms of discrimination prevail on a daily basis.

Since Hard to be a God, which was also a production of Kornél Mundruczó Hungarian Company Proton Theatre, was shown at the Alkantara Festival in 2010, Hungarian director and filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó has become a prominent voice in contemporary European cinema with films such as White God, Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project, Delta and Jupiter's Moon.

Don't miss the special screening of Kornél Mundruczó's film Jupiter's Moon on June 3 at 21h30 (Miradouro da Capela de Santo Amaro).

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June 1–2

Fri, Sat → 21h

Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
Sala Garrett

Running time
95 min


Age guidance

In Hungarian, with English and Portuguese surtitles


In 2009, Kornél Mundruczó, film and theater director, and Dóra Büki, theater producer, founded Proton Theatre, a virtual artistic company organized around the director's independent productions. Besides preserving maximum artistic freedom, their goal is to ensure a professional structure for their independently produced theater plays and projects. Chiefly, their performances are international co-productions, and their frequent collaborators include the Wiener Festwochen; HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; KunstenFestivalDesArts, Brussels; Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest; HELLERAU, Dresden. Proton Theatre productions have toured to more than 90 festivals in recent years, including Festival d'Avignon, Adelaide Festival, Singapore International Festival, Seoul Bo:m Festival, and Züricher Theaterspektakel.
Directed by Kornél Mundruczó
Performed by Lili Monori, Roland Rába, Annamária Láng, Zsombor Jéger, Dáriusz Kozma
Set Márton Ágh
Costumes Márton Ágh, Melinda Domán
Light András Élteto
Written by Kata Wéber
Music Asher Goldschmidt
Assistant director Anna Fehér
Artistic director Kornél Mundruczó
Producer Dóra Büki
Coproducers Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria; Theater Oberhausen, Germany; La Rose Des Vents, Lille, France; Maillon, Théâtre De Strasbourg / Scène Européenne, France; Trafó House Of Contemporary Arts, Budapest, Hungary; Hau Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin, Germany; Hellerau - European Center For The Arts, Dresden, Germany; Wiesbaden Biennale, Germany

With support from the Embassy of Hungary in Portugal
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