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UK release of 'On Body and Soul'

From 18 September 2017
BFI South Bank, Curzon Bloomsbury,
Institute Français in London



The UK Premiere of On Body and Soul
– the multi-award winning film by Ildikó Enyedi

The Hungarian Cultural Centre in partnership with MUBI is more than happy to support the UK premiere of this unusual love story set in the everyday world, based around the duality of sleeping and waking, mind and matter.
Do not miss the London screenings of the film, especially the ones followed by a Q&A with the director herself.

Ildikó Enyedi returned to feature filmmaking after 18 years with her Berlinale Golden Bear winner, On Body and Soul.

A slaughterhouse in Budapest is the setting of a strangely beautiful love story. No sooner does Mária (Alexandra Borbély) start work as the new quality controller than the whispers begin. At lunch the young woman always chooses a table on her own in the sterile canteen where she sits in silence. She takes her job seriously and adheres strictly to the rules, deducting penalty points for every excessive ounce of fat. Hers is a world that consists of figures and data that have imprinted themselves on her memory since early childhood. Her slightly older boss Endre (Géza Morcsányi) is also the quiet type. Tentatively, they begin to get to know each other. Recognising their spiritual kinship, they are amazed to discover that they even have the same dreams at night. Carefully, they attempt to make them come true. This story of two people discovering the realm of emotions and physical desire, at first individually and then together, is tenderly told by director Ildikó Enyedi, but in a way that also exudes subtle humour. A film about the fears and inhibitions associated with opening up to others, and about how exhilarating it can be when you finally do.

Ildikó Enyedi
Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1955, she began her career as a concept and media artist before turning to short and feature films as a writer and director. She has received more than 40 international awards for her work. Her film My 20th Century was chosen as one of the best 12 Hungarian films of all time. In 1992 she was a member of the Berlinale's International Jury. She teaches masterclasses in film at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest. She is a founding member of the European Cross Media Academy and a member of the European Film Academy.



Preview and Q&A with the director
Monday, 18 September, 8.20 pm
NFT1, BFI, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XT
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Premiere and Q&A with the director
Tuesday, 19 September, 6.15 pm
Curzon Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1AW
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Film screening
Friday, 29 September, 6.20 pm
Institute Français, 17 Queensberry Place
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