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My 20th Century (15)

17 October

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The debut from Ildikó Enyedi (whose latest film On Body and Soul has gone on to be a huge prize-winner), this magical film spins a tale of twin girls, Dora and Lili, who are born in 1880 Budapest on the same moment Thomas Edison presents his electrical lightbulb to the world. The sisters are soon orphaned and separated in childhood, and follow different paths - one grows up to be an idealistic, bomb-toting anarchist, the other a pampered, hedonistic courtesan. Their paths will cross once more, this time on the Orient Express on New Year's Eve, 1899.

Shot in gorgeous monochrome and winner of the Best First Feature prize at Cannes in 1989, this is an overlooked classic truly deserving of discovery. At once a romantic love story, a poetic fairy tale, an erotic riddle and an inventory of new technology (electricity, the telegraph and cinema itself), it is unique, enigmatic and above all entertaining.

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Presented as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project with support from BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery and the Hungarian National Film Archive


  • Director Ildikó Enyedi
  • Cast Dorota Segda, Oleg Yankovskiy, Paulus Manker
  • Running time 1h39m
  • Certificate 15
  • Country Hungary
  • Year of production 1989
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