Hungarians had a great weekend at the Italian Film Festival. Two films, including the Cannes film The Story Of My Wife, won awards.
At the Otranto International Film Festival in Italy over the weekend, two Hungarian filmmakers were awarded the Best Director prize for Ildikó Enyedi‘s “The Story of My Wife” and the Best Cinematography prize for Ágnes Kocsis‘ “Eden” for Máté Tóth Widamon.
“The Story of My Wife” is Ildikó Enyedi‘s latest film, which had its world premiere in Cannes this year, it was screened in Toronto and was released nationwide on September 23 after the CineFest premiere in Miskolc. The 170-minute costume drama stars two character actors: the Dutchman Gijs Naber as the jealous ship captain Störr, and the French star Léa Seydoux as the mysterious, unknowable wife.
Ágnes Kocsis‘ third feature film, “Eden”, is a Hungarian-Romanian co-production with Belgian participation. It is a strange love story, starring a woman in her late thirties who is allergic to everything and lives in total isolation. The film foreshadowed with chilling accuracy the worldwide changes associated with the epidemic. The film stars Croatian actress Lana Baric and Belgian rock musician Daan Stuyven.
“The driving force behind “Eden” is Attention. This attention is healing, and it is based on love, because we can only love the one we listen to, the one we want to know. I felt that the cinematography should also represent this sensitive attention. In this process, the camera must remain almost imperceptible, a kind of outside entity that must observe with the utmost respect and sanctity every movement of the characters.”– said the film’s cinematographer, Máté Tóth Widamon.