Alexandra Borbély won the European Film Award in the category ‘Best European Actress’, for her role in Ildikó Enyedi’s On Body and Soul, on the 30th European Film Awards on 9 December in Berlin.
She has written down everything she wanted to say, but could not stopped crying on the stage. She thanked Ildikó Enyedi for giving her “this big opportunity” and her family and ended her speech bursting into tears again with: “Thank you everyone!”
You can watch the moving video of her acceptance speech here:
This is her first cinematic award, and she was beating out French stars, the Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert (“Happy End”) and Oscar-winning Juliette Binoche (“Bright Sunshine In”), as well as Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”) and Paula Beer (“Frantz”).
Ildikó Enyedi told Magyar Narancs in an interview a few days ago that out the four nominations that the film has received, she would be the happiest to see the leading actress of On Body and Soul to win.
On Body and Soul is the comeback film of Ildikó Enyedi after an 18-years gap in filming: she had no support for a feature film for eighteen years, but she said in an interview with Index that she can only blame herself for that.
Enyedi’s romantic drama is Hungary’s official selection for the Academy Awards for the foreign-language film category, and it has won the Grand Prix, the highest award of the Berlinale earlier this year as well as the top prize at the Sydney Film Festival. Rights for the film were acquired in 91 countries. In the US, Netflix will screen it from February 2018.
Enyedi’s drama, which was produced with the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund, tells the story of two people working at a slaughterhouse in Budapest who discover that they have the same dreams. They then attempt to make these dreams a reality.
Almost 90,000 people watched the film in Hungary, but it is very successful in Germany as well: Ildikó Enyedi expects the film to be the most watched movie in the country’s art cinemas this year.
via index.hu, varity.com
featured image: Alexandra Borbély with last year’s winner Peter Simonischek, photo: Europress/ AFP PHOTO / POOL / Tobias SCHWARZ