Julie Delarme in Simon, the Magician (1999)
Julie Delarme in Simon, the Magician (1999)
Simon, the Magician (1999)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Simon, the Magician

Ildikó Enyedi | Hungary, France | 1999 | Unclassified (15+)

This event has ended and tickets are no longer available.


Wed 12 Jul 2023

A Hungarian magician is called upon to assist French police with a murder investigation. A re-imagining of the religious tale of Simon Magus set in contemporary France, Enyedi’s refreshingly dreamlike film forgoes a focus on the murder mystery to examine Simon’s experience as a foreigner, his journey from Budapest to Paris, his awkward interactions with the locals, his strange magical abilities, his sense of alienation and disorientation, and his bizarre showdown with a rival magician. With Péter Andorai, Julie Delarme and Péter Halász.

Courtesy of the Hungarian National Film Archive.

Format: 35mm
Language: French and Hungarian with English subtitles
Source: Hungarian National Film Institute
Courtesy: Hungarian National Film Institute
Runtime: 100 mins

Event duration

100 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

How to get there

Membership options

Mini membership
(3 consecutive weeks)

Annual memberships

See full options

Also screening on Wed 12 July

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).

Read the full program notes
Ildikó Enyedi

Plan your visit

Read our COVIDSafe visitor guidelines, information on accessibility, amenities, transport, dining options and more.

Start planning

About Melbourne Cinémathèque

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.

Melbourne Cinémathèque is self-administered, volunteer-run, not-for-profit and membership-driven. 

Learn more | View the 2023 program | See membership options

Melbourne Cinémathèque - Dirk Bogarde in a still from Victim