A love story set in a slaughterhouse, the visually stunning On Body and Soul explores the connection between physical and emotional estrangement. 2017 Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear Award.
No sooner does Mária start work as the new quality controller than the rumours begin. At lunch the young woman always chooses a table on her own in the canteen where she sits in silence. She takes her job seriously and adheres strictly to the rules. Her quite older boss Endre 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.
“I think there are so many signs that we have to reinvent our lives on both a small and a large scale. Private lives are so much about how society is constructed, like they’re interdependent. So if we think about private lives, we have to think about how society is organised. So if you live in conditions that are against living a full life, then you get sick in a way. Society sees to that. And maybe you go to a therapist, or you start drinking, or you beat your family, or whatever. These are the signs that not everything is OK! So, my two heroes don’t feel right in their skin, and they close themselves off.” (Ildikó Enyedi)
Born in Budapest in 1955, she began her career as a concept and media artist before turning to filmmaking. She has received more than 40 international awards for her work. My 20th Century was ranked among the twelve best Hungarian films of all time. She teaches at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest, and is member of the European Film Academy.