The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
My Twentieth Century
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.
Also screening on Wed 19 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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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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