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On Body and Soul: Love connects in the wildest dreams

HIGHLIGHT / MEET THE AUDIENCE / EVENT | 28/04/2017

Hungarian writer-director Ildikó Enyedi returned to the stage of the HKIFF after 18 years with On Body and Soul, which recently won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlinale. The director brought her atmospheric love story set in a slaughterhouse to Hong Kong audiences for its Asian premiere and attended the Master Class held on 20 April at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

 

"When we wake up every day, we try to fit in different roles. Only in dreams can we be free," Enyedi began, explaining her story of a couple dreaming the same dream every night. "I wish my two characters could have the experience of freedom. I wanted to push them out from their narrow comfort zone." Why in dreams did they become deer in the woods? "Because of the cattle and the slaughterhouse," she said.


Director Ildikó Enyedi meeting the audience

 

Talking about the deer actors, Enyedi revealed that their casting process was done with the assistance of a famous animal coordinator. Originally he picked a young beautiful male deer, but Enyedi preferred another amateur one which is older and quieter, with an attractive personality closer to Endre, the main protagonist. On the contrary, the female deer, much like Alexandra Borbély (who plays Mária), is a professional who has appeared in a number of films. The animal coordinator took six months to build a relationship with these deer before shooting.

"This film is about the one and only chance," the director said. Mária is a young woman who doesn't know what awaits outside her safe little cage. Endre, on the other hand, knows too well how risky and difficult it is to enter into a relationship, and how love can hurt. Yet, he has already given up something every important. "It is a huge step for the 40-year-old man; it is perhaps his last chance," Enyedi said.

Endre has a crippled left hand while Mária suffers from social anxiety. Enyedi explained that since the 1990s, European societies were divided into winners and losers. "I want to show that weakness can also be a driving force and a strength," she said. "Even though my characters are special people, all of us can relate to them. In our teenage years, we have also lived through thrill and fear as they did."


Director Ildikó Enyedi


 

The director was touched by the slaughterhouse workers. "These people were not intellectuals, but had a deep solidarity, showing respect and kindness to the animals. That made me remember the tribal tradition in which you hunted and killed the animals, and thanked them for the food for keeping you alive," she said. "Now we close our eyes to too many things."

The story idea first came to her in March. "My heart was filled with joy and hope. But the faces of the people, including myself, were blank," she said. The last scene was an empty forest, where the deer were gone. Sunshine entered, snow was melting, and two drops of water fell into the little pond. Spring has finally come.

The second screening of On Body and Soul will be held on 24 April at 7:15p.m. at the Grand Cinema. Enyedi will also meet the audience for a post-screening talk.

 

Watch the Master Class below:


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NEVER LOOK AWAY: Looking within for your own freedom
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PUTIN’S WITNESS: Why people give up their freedom?
01/04/2019
Winners of HKIFF Firebird Awards Announced
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Face to Face with Sammo Hung: Filmmaker in Focus
31/03/2019
Directors of HONEYLAND reflect on documentarian’s role
31/03/2019
MIDNIGHT FAMILY: a gripping universe seen through a private ambulance
31/03/2019
Jiang Wen Master Class: wits and black humor of the HIDDEN MAN
30/03/2019
I WAS AT HOME, BUT: Feelings of opacity and sense of enigma
29/03/2019
THREE ADVENTURES OF BROOKE: Searching for Chinese traditions in foreign land
29/03/2019
12 SUICIDAL TEENS: Delving into teenagers’ mind Japan
29/03/2019
GIVE ME A RIDE:Feelings of alienation away from hometown
28/03/2019
YOU HAVE THE NIGHT: Of darkness, fear and dilemmas
28/03/2019
All-star Gala Premiere of FIRST NIGHT NERVES‬
28/03/2019
EVERYBODY KNOWS: Divulging the uncomfortable truths of a family
27/03/2019
Exploring Reclamation and Foreign Labor Issues in A LAND IMAGINED
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Realities and dreams mingle in VANISHING DAYS
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World premiere of newly restored THE FLOWER GIRL
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Reflecting on religious beliefs through JESUS
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Community Screening: Empathize with women’s struggle through AYKA
26/03/2019
Let your emotions flow with IEODO
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影評人朗天推介
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Michael Nyman 75th Birthday: Beyond The Piano
24/03/2019
IN THE CLAWS OF CENTURY WANTING: An urban vision of global poverty
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STILL HUMAN: Embracing dreams in life
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PURE LAND: Laments for the ordinary people
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Revitalizing young people with OUR BODY
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THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD: WWI history in 3D wizardry
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THE NIKAIDOS' FALL: The Root We Share
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NAKORN-SAWAN: Juxtaposing documentary and fiction
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A Hong Kong story at THE CROSSING
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18/03/2019

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