Alexandra Borbély in On Body and Soul (2017)
Alexandra Borbély in On Body and Soul (2017)
On Body and Soul (2017)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

On Body and Soul

Ildikó Enyedi | Hungary | 2017 | R18+

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Wed 12 Jul 2023

In her first feature in almost 20 years, Enyedi explores the porous realms between dream and reality, soul and body, animal and human, through an unlikely romance between the financial manager of an abattoir and the woman (the extraordinary Alexandra Borbély) sent to inspect the facility’s hygiene. At times both poetic and brutal, oneiric and fully aware to the absurdist realities of daily life – the couple’s 'romance' is expressed through their shared dream of themselves as deer – Enyedi’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner is one of the most remarkable and gently unsettling films produced in the last decade.

Format: DCP
Language: Hungarian with English subtitles
Source: Daricheh Cinema
Runtime: 116 mins

Event duration

116 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Born in Budapest in 1955, Ildikó Enyedi has forged a singular, thoroughly independent career in film. Her uniquely imaginative and witty cinema, steeped in magic realism, given to flights of fancy and shifts in relationships between the quotidian and the transcendent, across parallel or intersecting planes of reality, dream and illusion, is “dedicated to liberating the imagination from the ideological constraints of – and obsession with – the [former Soviet Bloc’s] traumatic history” (Catherine Portuges)...

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