My 20th Century

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My 20th Century
Certificate15
Year1989
GenreComedy, Drama
DirectorIldiko Enyedi
LanguageHungarian
CountryHungary, West Germany, Cuba
Running Time1HR 39MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonQFT50 Programme

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 (both played by Dorota Segda) 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 in Cannes, it is at once a romantic love story, a poetic fairy tale, an erotic riddle and an inventory of new technology (electricity, the telegraph, cinema itself). My 20th Century will screen here in its recently restored 4K version.

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.


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