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Tamas and Juli

Ildikó Enyedi
Tamás és Juli
Hungary 1997 / 60’
My 20th Century Simon, the Magician

Tamas works as a miner in a local mine. Just before New Year's Eve, he receives a letter from his beloved, who suggests that they should ring in the new year 2000 together. The romance between Tamas and Juli, a kindergarten teacher, lasts several months. Every date ends in a fiasco. Everything seems to be going well, but the young couple just can't seem to get along. Quarrels, aggression, previous relationships-everything works to their detriment. New Year's Eve 1999 is to meant to break the impasse. After all, it's a magical night when dreams come true. Tamasand Juli was made as part of the project 2000, Seen by …, which 10 filmmakers from around the world took part in, including Hal Hartley, Tsai Ming-liang and Laurent Cantet. Ildikó Enyedi was one of two women invited to take part in the project, along with Daniela Thomas (part of a directorial duo with Walter Salles).

Joanna Ostrowska

Ildikó Enyedi

Born in Budapest in 1955, Ildikó Enyedi is a film director and screenwriter. She made her film debut in 1989 with My Twentieth Century (starring Dorothy Segda), which brought her a Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Her 1999 film Simon the Magician premiered in the main competition at the Festival in Locarno. As a lecturer, she has been participating in the Ekran+ program, co-created by the Wajda School, for many years. On Body and Soul is her first feature film in 18 years.

Selected filmography

1989 Mój wiek XX / Az én XX. századom / My Twentieth Century

1994 Magiczne kule / Büvös vadász / Magic Hunter 

1999 Szymon Mag / Simon mágus / Simon, the Magician

2017 Dusza i ciało /  Testről és lélekről / On Body and Soul 

Cast & Crew

director Ildikó Enyedi
screenplay Ildikó Enyedi
cinematography Tamás Sas
editing Mária Rigó
music László Melis
cast Márta Angyal, Dávid Jánosi, György Barkó, Ferenc Elek, András Tóth
producer Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta, Jolán Árvai, Petv Miskolzi
production A Haut et Court (Paryż)/FMS Studio, Eurofilm Studio (Budapeszt)
sales Filmunio
language Hungarian
colouration colour