Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi’s film On Body and Soul has won the main prize at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, the festival said on its website on Sunday.
The film is a love story of two people working at a slaughterhouse in Budapest who discover that they have the same dreams at night and they attempt to make them come true. The award going with a cash prize of 60,000 Australian dollars was presented to Enyedi at a gala event on Sunday. “It’s a film that shows us that even in a divided world we are capable of sharing the same dreams; that amongst the ugliness of a slaughterhouse, kindness, gentleness can be found,” jury president Margaret Pomeranz said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s marvellous that such a film can move so many people. It gives me so much hope in cinema and in human communication,” the paper quoted Enyedi as saying upon taking over the award. On Body and Soul fetched the top prize at the prestigious Berlin film festival in February this year.
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