Berlinale 2017: Golden Bear Goes to Ildikó Enyedi’s, “On Body and Soul”

After an 18 year absence, Director Ildikó Enyedi, creates “On Body and Soul,” and walks away with the coveted Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival (the Berlinale).  The film tells the story of two unlikely friends who come together as they begin to share nighttime dreams. It created controversy when some in the audience said they became ill (or even fainted) because of the graphic and realistic scenes shot in a slaughterhouse. In the end, however, the lyrical interpretation of the story, written by Ildikó Enyedi, won the hearts of the jury headed by Paul Verhoeven.

The film is directed by Ildikó Enyedi, Produced by Ernő Mesterházy, András Muhi, Mónika Mécs, Written by Ildikó Enyedi, Starring Géza Morcsányi as Endre. Alexandra Borbély as Mária, Zoltán Schneider as Jenő, Ervin Nagy as Sanyi, Music by Ádám Balázs, Cinematography Máté Herbai, Edited by Károly SzalaiRelease date 10 February 2017 (Berlin) and 2 March 2017 (Hungary) Running time 116 minutes, Country Hungary

Listen to the full press conference at the link to the media on Soundcloud below.

Press Conference photos by Maximilian Bühn

Ildikó Enyedi, Director of On Body and Soul, wins the coveted Golden Bear (Best Film) at the Berlin International Film Festival, 2017 (The Berlinale).
Géza Morcsányi stars as Endre in On Body and Soul, screened at the 2017 Berlinale
Producer Mónika Mécs was thanked by her director for the gracious support she showed the film before, during and after production.
Alexandra Borbély as Mária in the Hungarian Drama, On Body and Soul