Ildikó Enyedi

Ildikó Enyedi (born 15 November 1955) is a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. Her 2017 film On Body and Soul won the top prize at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and went on to be nominated for a Foreign Language Academy Award. She has directed a total of eight feature films since 1989. Her father, György Enyedi, was a geographer and economist who played a major role in the long-term development of regional science.

Ildikó Enyedi
Ildikó Enyedi Press Conference On Body and Soul Berlinale 2017 03.jpg
Enyedi in 2017
Born (1955-11-15) 15 November 1955 (age 64)
Budapest, Hungary
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1989–present
Parent(s)György Enyedi

Early life and educationEdit

Enyedi was born in Budapest in 1955. She completed a B.A. in economics, studied film studies at the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest starting in 1980,[1] and also studied film in Montpellier.[2] In the beginning, Enyedi created conceptual art and was a part of Balázs Béla Studio[2] and the Indigo group.[3]


Enyedi in 2017 with her Golden Bear award for the film On Body and Soul

Enyedi won the Golden Camera award for My 20th Century at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.[4] She began teaching at Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest (now known as the University of Theatre and Film Arts) that same year.[5] In 1992, she was a member of the jury at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.[6] Her 1994 film Magic Hunter was entered into the main competition at the 51st edition of the Venice Film Festival.[7] In 2007, she was a member of the jury at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.[8] She received her doctorate from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in 2011.[9]

In 2012 Enyedi was hired by HBO Europe to direct the Hungarian show Terápia, an adaptation of the Israeli show BeTipul about a therapist who spends his week helping others before getting his own psychological help. Enyedi described the project as "healing" after years of projects stuck in development hell.[3] In total Enyedi directed 39 episodes over three seasons from 2012 to 2017.

Enyedi's 2017 film On Body and Soul premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear.[10] The film went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, representing Hungary.[11]

In 2018, she announced her next film would be an adaptation of The Story of My Wife, about a man who makes a bet with his friend to marry the next woman who walks into the café where they are eating.[12] The film was adapted from a novel by Milán Füst of the same name.

She was previously the president of the Hungarian Directors' Guild.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Enyedi is married to author Wilhelm Droste,[13] has two children, and lives in Budapest and Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany.[14] In 2002 she was awarded with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit.[15]



  1. ^ Gatto Gyékényesi, Katherine (1999). "Her Twentieth Century: The Postmodern Cinema of Ildikó Enyedi". Hungarian Studies Review. 26: 123–31. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Ildikó Enyedi". Hungarian National Film Archive 2018 Catalogue. Hungarian National Film Archive. April 2018. p. 28. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b Marotta, Jenna (9 February 2019). "'On Body and Soul' Director Ildikó Enyedi Hasn't Made a Movie for 18 Years, but Her Comeback Is Causing People to Faint". IndieWire. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: My 20th Century". Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Enyedi Ildikó: Teljes oktatói adatbázis: Oktatók" [Ildikó Enyedi: Complete Tutorial Database: Educators]. University of Theatre and Film Arts (in Hungarian). Archived from the original on 29 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Juries". Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  7. ^ Giovanna Grassi, Tullio Kezich (29 July 1994). "Venezia, Stone in gara fra tanti " deb "". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  8. ^ "29th Moscow International Film Festival (2007)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Enyedi Ildikó: Teljes hallgatói adatbázis: Hallgatók, HÖK" [Ildikó Enyedi: Full Student Database: Student Union]. University of Theatre and Film Arts (in Hungarian). Archived from the original on 29 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Berlin Film Festival: 'On Body and Soul' Wins Golden Bear for Best Film". Variety. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  11. ^ D'ZURILLA, CHRISTIE. "At 89, James Ivory and Agnès Varda are the Oscars' oldest nominees". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  12. ^ Roxborough, Scott. "Lea Seydoux to Star in New Film From Director Ildiko Enyedi (Exclusive)". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Wilhelm Droste". Berlin International Literature Festival. 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ildikó Enyedi". Hungarian National Film Fund. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Enyedi Ildikó Balázs Béla-díjas filmrendező, forgatókönyvíró, érdemes művész 60 éves". (in Hungarian). MTVA (Hungary). Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  16. ^ Norbert Creutz, "Dix cinéastes de quatre continents imaginent le jour de l'an 2000," Le Temps, 4 December 1998.

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