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My 20th Century

Ildikó Enyedi
Az én XX. századom
Hungary, West Germany, Cuba 1989 / 104’
Mole Tamas and Juli

It's the end of the 19th century, twins named Dóra and Lili are born somewhere in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Their mother dies. Orphaned, they try to survive by selling matches. One winter's night, the girls are separated. Two men toss a coin, and they each take one of the sisters. Nineteen years later, on New Year's Eve 1899, they are reunited on the Orient Express. Their lives are completely different. Dóra is a wealthy woman with class who has no trouble seducing men-often for financial gain. Lili, on the other hand, is involved in the anarchist movement, and she's absorbed with thoughts of bomb attacks and revolution against the authorities. The sisters are brought together by a mysterious gentleman named Z. My Twentieth Century is Enyedi's full-length debut, in which she not only explores the era of rapid change and chaos at the turn of the century but, above all, hearkens back to the traditions of silent movies. The film stars the phenomenal Dorota Segda, who plays three roles: Dóra, Lila and their mother.

Joanna Ostrowska

awards

Cannes IFF 1989 – Caméra d'Or

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 Tibor Máthé
editing Mária Rigó
music László Vidovszky
cast Dorota Segda, Oleg Jankowski, Paulus Manker, Péter Andorai
producer Gábor Hanák, Andrej Schwartz, Archy Dolder, Norbert Friedländer
production Budapest Stúdió Vállalat, Freihändler Filmproduktion GmbH, Magyar Filmgyártó Vállalat, Humburger Filmbüro, Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industrias Cinematográficos (ICAIC)
sales Hungarian National Film Archive
language Hungarian
colouration b&w