Ildikó Enyedi

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Ildikó Enyedi
Enyedi in 2017
Born (1955-11-15) 15 November 1955 (age 67)
Budapest, Hungary
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter
Years active1989–present
ParentGyörgy Enyedi

Ildikó Enyedi (Hungarian: [ˈɛɲɛdi ˈildikoː]; born 15 November 1955) is a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. She is best known for directing On Body and Soul,[1] which won the top prize at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival[2][3][4] among other awards, and was nominated for a Foreign Language Academy Award.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Enyedi was born in Budapest in 1955. Her father, György Enyedi, was a geographer and economist who played a major role in the long-term development of regional science. She completed a B.A. in economics, studied film studies at the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest starting in 1980,[6] and also studied film in Montpellier.[7] In the beginning, Enyedi created conceptual art and was a part of Balázs Béla Studio[7] and the Indigo group.[8]


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.[9] She began teaching at Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest (now known as the University of Theatre and Film Arts) that same year.[10] In 1992, she was a member of the jury at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.[11] Her 1994 film Magic Hunter was entered into the main competition at the 51st edition of the Venice Film Festival.[12] In 2007, she was a member of the jury at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.[13] She received her doctorate from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in 2011.[14]

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.[8] 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.[2][3][4][15] The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, representing Hungary.[16]

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.[17] The film was adapted from a novel by Milán Füst of the same name.

She was previously the president of the Hungarian Directors' Guild.[7]

In April 2023, Ildikó Enyedi was announced as the president of Short Film and La Cinef jury at the 76th Festival de Cannes.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Enyedi is married to author Wilhelm Droste,[19] has two children, and lives in Budapest and Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany.[20] In 2002 she was awarded with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit.[21]


Year Title Role Notes
2021 The Story of My Wife (film) [22]
2017 On Body and Soul [23][24][25]
2008 Első Szerelem
2004 Európából Európába
1999 Simon, the Magician [26][27]
1997 Tamas and Juli
1995 A Gyar
1994 Magic Hunter [28]
1989 My 20th Century [29]
1988 Goblins Short Film
1986 Invasion Short Film
1985 Mole Short Film
1985 New Books Short Film
1984 Rózsalovag Short Film
1981 The Spectator Short Film
1979 Flirt Experimental

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title Category Title Result Notes
2017 Berlin film festival Golden Bear On Body and Soul Won [2][3][4][30][31][32]
Sydney Film Festival Sydney Film Prize Won [33][34]
Academy Awards Best International Feature Film Nominated [5]


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