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Ildiko Enyedi: “I wanted to show that war does not have the last word”


MAINTENANCE – Golden Camera at Cannes in 1989 for My 20th CenturyGolden Bear in Berlin in 2017 for Body and soulthe Hungarian filmmaker realizes a teenage dream by adapting the great novel by Milan Füst, My Wife’s Story.

It’s a little bit of a woman with a piercing gaze. Soft smile, calm voice, Ildiko Enyedi is passing through Paris, where she receives journalists. For having studied at the University of Montpellier in 1974, the director of My Wife’s Story speaks in a chosen French. At 66, this Hungarian filmmaker has plenty to be delighted about. In 1989, his first feature film, My XXand century, won the Golden Camera at the Cannes Film Festival. Twenty-eight years later, his sixth film, Body and soul, receives the Golden Bear in Berlin. She evokes the beautiful Cannes destiny of her new opus, My Wife’s Storyadapted from a Hungarian novel published in 1942, with Léa Seydoux and Louis Garrel.

LE FIGARO. – My Wife’s Story received an astonishing welcome at the last Cannes Film Festival. What do you think?

Ildiko ENYEDI. – Let’s say that I knew that my film would certainly be judged against current cinema. It was risky, but I claim it. Léa Seydoux told me: “We don’t read such scripts anymore!”…

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