On Body and Soul

Year of participation 2017
Program Non-competition Programs

On Body and Soul
Producer(s) Mónika Mécs, András Muhi, Ernő Mesterházy
Director(s) Ildikó Enyedi
Script Ildikó Enyedi
Director of Photography Máté Herbai
Production designer Imola Láng
Music by Adam Balazs
Sound Péter Lukács
Edit Károly Szalai
Cast Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi, Réka Tenki, Zoltán Schneider, Ervin Nagy, Itala Békés, Tamás Jordán, Éva Bata, Pál Mácsai
Production company(-ies) INFORG - M&M Film KFT 1092. Kinizsi u. 11, Budapest, Hungary tel: +36-1-999-6585


The director of an industrial slaughterhouse is suspicious about Maria, the new quality inspector sent by the authorities. Endre thinks she's pretty, but she's too formal and keeps too much to herself. He also thinks she's too tough on grading the beef carcass, but Maria sticks to her standards with the same focused order she tries to run her life. During routine company interviews, a lady psychologist discovers that Maria and Endre are having similar recurring dreams. They are embarrassed by what this implies, as the two introverts know nothing about one another outside of work. The following day, they check again: they had the exact same dream the night before. As they continueto compare dreams, it becomes clear that they meet each night in a common realm: a peaceful snowy forest where they are graceful deers who gently love each other. Maria and Endre hesistantly accept this strange coincidence. They cannot ignore the intimacy they share so effortlessly in their dreams. For two people seemingly not suitable at all for love, it won't be easy to recreate in broad daylight this harmonious relationship of their lonely nights.

Golden Berlin Bear, FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Reader Jury of the Berliner Morgenpost (Berlinale, 2017)

Moscow Cinema
 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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