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Ildikó Enyedi
Hungary 1987 / 70’
My 20th Century

For a secret agent, the most important thing is the mission. They have to remain unseen and infiltrate unfamiliar environments. The protagonist in Mole lands in a world governed by routine. He appears out of nowhere, quickly hides his parachute and starts watching. At first, he's convinced that he has to be as careful as possible. In time, he realizes that the inhabitants of this strange place are not paying any attention to him. Nobody sees him. He can't interrupt anyone's conversation. He's unable to have an impact on the outcome of any social games or seduce a beautiful blonde. In the end, he'll want to be one of "them." Ildikó Enyedi creates an alternative reality somewhere at the edge of the world in the late 1980s, where politics doesn't exist. The most important thing is the repetitive nature of everyday life, which means safety. Time is cyclical. To preserve the status quo, someone from outside has to come and look with envy at the inhabitants of this "strange" land.

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 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Ildikó Enyedi, László Révész
cinematography Tibor Klöpfler
editing Dózsa Mariann
music Verdi, Rossini
cast Lukáts Andor, Békés Rozi, Erös Tamás, Sugár János, Mirtse Márta
production Balázs Béla Stúdió
sales Hungarian National Film Archive
language Hungarian
colouration b&w