The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Wed 19 Jul 2023
Based on Adolfo Bioy Casares’ novel The Invention of Morel – the likely inspiration for Resnais and Robbe-Grillet’s Last Year at Marienbad – Enyedi’s black-and-white first feature is a metaphysical sci-fi fantasy which dissolves boundaries between reality and dream, subject and object, and ostensibly concerns a parachutist trying to make sense of people’s daily routines.
Followed by Invasion (Ildikó Enyedi, 1986) 37 mins – Unclassified 15+.
In Enyedi’s banned Film Academy graduation work, a city’s inhabitants hide underground from a horde of peculiar creatures.
Digital prints courtesy of the Hungarian National Film Archive.
Also screening on Wed 19 July
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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Australia's longest-running film society, Melbourne Cinémathèque screens significant works of international cinema in the medium they were created, the way they would have originally screened.
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