«My 20th Century is a number of wondrous things… a bracing combination of wit, invention, common sense and lunacy. Superb” Vincent Canby, New York Times
»A beautiful, magic fable set at the turn of the century… Shot in a dream-like black and white… the film is altogether enchanting" San Francisco Examiner
From Ildikó Enyedi (whose latest film On Body and Soul scooped four major prizes — including the Golden Bear — at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival) this magical film spins a tale of twin girls, Dóra and Lili, born in Budapest at the very moment that Edison’s wondrous electric light-bulb is unveiled to the world. Separated in childhood, the sisters’ lives follow radically different paths: one grows up to a naïvely idealistic, bomb-toting anarchist, the other a pampered, hedonistic courtesan – until they meet once again on the Orient Express on New Year’s Eve 1899…
This dazzling film portrays the birth of modernism, a daring world of revolutionary ideas and inventions that promised enchantment and inspired wonder. Shot in luminous monochrome by cinematographer Tibor Máthé, the film echoes the magic and exuberance of early cinema. Celebrating the enthralling technological marvels as well as the political and sexual upheavals of the time, this film reclaims the birth of the twentieth century as a miraculous moment to be alive.
My 20th Century was released by Second Run DVD earlier this year and is the third film from the Second Run catalogue we are presenting as part of this year's Scalarama festival of film clubs and socieities.
Deptford Cinema is proud to be taking part in Scalarama. This annual celebration sees September transform into a month of amazing films, screened in various locations and by all different types of people – from established picture palaces to newbies, completely new to screening films. Scalarama is by everyone, for everyone, everywhere, with DIY in its veins.
dir. Ildikó Enyedi
run-time. 103 mins