30 January 2018

On Body and Soul receives Oscar nomination

Ildikó Enyedi's surreal love story earned an Academy Award nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The Academy announced the 90th Academy Awards nominations on the 23rd of January, including the Best Foreign Language Film category, which contains a Hungarian feature, On Body and Soul by Ildikó Enyedi. This is the tenth Academy Award nomination for Hungary. Previous nominations in the Best Foreign Language Film category were:

  • Son of Saul (2015) by László Nemes, Winner
  • Hanussen (1988) by István Szabó
  • Colonel Redl (1985) by István Szabó
  • Job's Revolt (1983) by Imre Gyöngyössy
  • Mephisto (1981) by István Szabó, Winner
  • Confidence (1980) by István Szabó
  • Hungarians (1978) by Zoltán Fábri
  • Cats' play (1974) by Károly Makk
  • The Boys of Paul Street (1968) by Zoltán Fábri

The nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film in 2018:

  • A Fantastic Woman by Sebastián Lelio, Chile
  • The Insult by Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon
  • Loveless by Andrej Zvjagincev, Russia
  • On Body and Soul by Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary
  • The Square by Ruben Östlund, Sweden
Géza Morcsányi and Alexandra Borbély in On Body and Soul

On Body and Soul is Enyedi’s return to the international scene after winning the Camera d’Or in Cannes for My Twentieth Century in 1989. A love story set in a Budapest slaughterhouse, On Body and Soul centers on a man and woman who discover they share the same dream every night and try to recreate it in broad daylight. The cast includes the EFA-winner Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi, Réka Tenki, Zoltán Schneider and Ervin Nagy.

Along with the Golden Bear in Berlin, the drama also took the FIPRESCI Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize. In June, it won the Sydney Film Prize from the Sydney Film Festival, making Enyedi the first woman and the first Hungarian to receive that award. The film had its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, and won the Mumbai Film Festival Audience Choice Award. The last weekend, Alexandra Borbély won the European Film Award for Best European Actress.

On Body and Soul is an Inforg – M&M Film production with the support of the Hungarian Film Fund. Producers are Mónika Mécs, András Muhi and Ernő Mesterházy.

The 90th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.


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