Dorota Segda in My Twentieth Century (1989)
Dorota Segda in My Twentieth Century (1989)
My Twentieth Century (1989)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

My Twentieth Century

Ildikó Enyedi | Hungary, West Germany, Cuba | 1989 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 19 Jul 2023

Enyedi’s Cannes Camera d’Or-winning second feature takes as its immodest topic the history of the 20th century itself, told through the story of twins (both played by Dorota Segda) born on the day Edison also invented the lightbulb. Separated at birth, their paths cross on New Year’s Eve 1900. Peppered with retro-futuristic sci-fi leanings and nods to silent cinema, in particular Griffith’s Orphans of the Storm and Renoir’s The Little Match Girl, every shot of this dizzying and visually ingenious film is “a mini-epic in itself” (Darragh O’Donoghue).

4K DCP courtesy of the Hungarian National Film Archive.

Format: 4K DCP
Language: Hungarian with English subtitles
Source: Hungarian National Film Archive
Runtime: 104 mins

Event duration

104 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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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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