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.
Also screening on Wed 12 July
Magic, Whimsy and Lightbulb Moments: Ildikó Enyedi’s transportive cinema
On Body and Soul (2017) – Wed 12 Jul, 7pm
Simon, the Magician (1999) – Wed 12 Jul, 9.15pm
My Twentieth Century (1989) – Wed 19 Jul, 7pm
The Mole (1987) – Wed 19 Jul, 9pm
About the program
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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