Ildikó Enyedi will have a profile section on Cinematik. Her new picture from Cannes will be introduced at the festival.

9. August 2021

Director, screenwriter and actress Ildikó Enyedi, to whom Cinematik dedicates this year’s Respect section, is an exceptional phenomenon not only on a Hungarian and European but also on a global scale. She first defined her unique style on experimental documents and short films under the brand of the iconic Béla Balázs Studio. From her early work, Cinematik presents the film Invasion (1986) about a fictional city whose inhabitants flee to the underworld.


In 1987, Ildikó Enyedi introduced the surrealist drama The Mole (Vakond) about a secret agent who reveals that the whole world is just a projection. Two years later, she introduced her official authorial debut, My 20th Century (Az én XX. Századom), a black and white historical essay on estranged twins, whose story is framed by epochal milestones, such as the invention of the light bulb and the telegraph. The director won the Golden Camera for this work at the Cannes Film Festival.


From the filmography of Ildikó Enyedia, the Cinematik festival will present the film Simon the Magician (Simon mágus, 1999) about a Hungarian visionary who is invited to investigate a mysterious murder in Paris. The film won several domestic awards, and the music by Brian Eno and Massive Attack is certainly worth mentioning.


Of course, the selection of Ildikó Enyedi’s filmography would not be complete without the excellent drama On the Body and Soul (Teströl és lélekröl, 2017), the most successful work of a 65-year-old filmmaker to date. In the story, the director takes us to the harsh environment of a slaughterhouse, where a delicate romance takes place between two strangers who have been brought closer by a bizarre dreamlike interest: In the middle of the night, they take on the form of wild animals and meet in the woods to escape the anxieties of their real lives.


And the selection of the Respect section will close with the latest film Ildikó Enyedi The Story of My Wife (A feleségem története, 2021), which had its world premiere at the beginning of July in this year’s Cannes Film Festival, ranked in the main competition. The film, telling the story about a sea captain who makes a bet to marry the first one to enter the door, will have its exclusive Slovak premiere at Cinematik. The main female role was played by the French star Léa Seydoux.