Johanna, a young drug addict, falls into a deep coma after an accident. Doctors miraculously manage to save her from death’s doorstep. Touched by grace, Johanna cures patients by offering her body. The head doctor is frustrated by her continued rejection of him and allies himself with the outraged hospital authorities. They wage war against her but the grateful patients join forces to protect her. A filmic and musical interpretation of the Passion of Joan of Arc. –Cannes Film Festival
Kornél Mundruczó was born in Hungary in 1975. His first feature film Pleasant Days won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film festival in 2002. Johanna was selected for the Un certain Regard section in the Cannes festival 2005 and Delta won the Prix de la Critique in Cannes 2008.
Mundruczó began his work in theater with Krétakör (the company that presented The Seagull at Culturgest in 2005). Although he never had his own company, he often collaborates with the same group of actors and they have become creative partners in his productions. His recent work includes The Ice, Frankenstein Project, and Judasevangelium. —alkantara festival’10
It was interesting. Its not something I would ever view a second time but its something that I am glad I opened my mind and decided to give it a try. The way they re-imagined Joan of Arc in a hospital was quite fascinating and to make it a n opera was even more interesting.