Ildiko Enyedi Interview: ‘On Body and Soul’ director

“I wanted to make a film about all that is beneath the surface,” divulges “On Body and Soul” writer and director Ildiko Enyedi during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above). She was interested in “all the passion, and all these big, big stories, human stories, all the longing, all the pain, all the beauty.” This romantic drama centers on two slaughterhouse workers (Geza Morcsanyi and Alexandra Borbely) who realize they share the same dream of meeting in a forest as deer and falling in love. When they decide to make their dreams come true in real life, it proves more difficult than expected.

In constructing a story that would express her various ideas, Enyedi reveals “I just had these two people in front of me. I had the feeling I know them well, I know them deeply, and I just followed them. I wrote down what they were doing.”

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Enyedi is a veteran filmmaker with such titles as “Mole” (1987), “My Twentieth Century” (1989), “Magic Hunter” (1994), and “Simon, the Magician” (1999) under her belt. She won the Golden Camera award at the Cannes Film Festival for “My Twentieth Century” and was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for “Magic Hunter.”

“On Body and Soul” won the Golden Bear, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, FIPRESCI Prize, and Reader Jury of the “Berliner Morgenpost” at the Berlin International Film Festival. It competed for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenwriter at the European Film Awards, winning Best Actress for Borbely. It is one of the nine shortlisted titles for the Foreign Language Film prize at the Oscars, where it contends against “A Fantastic Woman,” “Felicite,” “Foxtrot,” “In the Fade,” “The Insult,” “Loveless,” “The Square,” and “The Wound.”

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