A FELESÉGEM TÖRTÉNETE
(La storia di mia moglie / The Story of My Wife)
Ungheria – Germania – Francia – Italia / Hungary – Germany – France – Italy
2021, 35mm, col., 170’
v.o. inglese – francese – olandese – tedesca – italiana / English – French – Dutch – German – Italian o.v.
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Ildikó Enyedi, tratta dal romanzo omonimo di / based on novel of the same title by Milán Füst. Fotografia / Photography: Marcell Rév. Montaggio / Editing: Károly Szalai. Musica / Music: Ádám Balázs. Suono / Sound: Noemi Hampel. Scenografia / Art Director: Imola Láng. Costumi / Costume Designer: Andrea Flesch. Interpreti / Cast: Léa Seydoux, Gijs Naber, Louis Garrel, Sergio Rubini, Jasmine Trinca, Luna Wedler, Josef Hader, Ulrich Matthes, Udo Samel. Produzione / Produced by: Inforg-M&M Film. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Komplizen Film, Palosanto Films con / with Rai Cinema. In collaborazione con / In collaboration with: Dorje Film, Pyramide Productions, ARTE France Cinéma, WDR/ARTE. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: National Film Institute Hungary, MiC, Eurimages, DFFF Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Malta Film Commission, Governement of Malta, Creative Europe Media, RTL Klub, Regione Lazio Fondo Regionale per il Cinema e l’Audiovisivo. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Films Boutique. Distribuzione per l’Italia / Distributed in Italy by: Altre Storie.
Jakob Störr, a Dutch hardened sea captain, makes a bet in a café to marry the first woman who enters the place. And then Lizzy walks in… When Lizzy, this sharp-witted, snappy, utterly unpredictable little French woman enters his life his magnanimous tranquility gradually diminishes, then disappears completely. Jakob’s real world is on the high seas, where the rules of the game are clear and straight, where you must do your job to stay alive. On dry land, in bustling towns, in secluded flats, in tiny love nests, he loses the sense of reality. Step by step, Jakob’s formerly well- functioning life falls apart.
The Story of My Wife premiered in competition at the latest Cannes Film Festival.
“You get a present. A nice, elegant little box – tightly closed. It is yours – you can see it every day on your mantelpiece. But what for, if you cannot ever open it? You try first delicately, then with a knife. When you bring the hammer you realize that it would destroy the thing. For some days you feign you are not interested. Then you admit you would give anything just to peek inside it for a second. Slowly, that tiny box will drive you mad… We made this film about love, passion, drama, adventure, about the thousand colors of life – a shamelessly emotional tale about what it means to be a man, what it means to be a woman, what it means to be human. If you look at Lizzy and Jakob, at Léa Seydoux and Gijs Naber, you do not see opposites. You see two people with fair skin, blond hair, high cheekbones and quite similar, unusually slit eyes. They could be brother and sister. Or, they could be the male and female part of the same soul…” (I. Enyedi)
Ildikó Enyedi began her career as a concept and media artist. She was a member of the art group Indigo and the Balázs Béla Studio, the only independent film studio in Eastern Europe before 1989. She then turned to film directing and screenwriting. Enyedi’s first film My 20th Century won the Cannes Camera d’Or at Cannes film Festival in 1989. Enyedi is a member of the European Film Academy. The Trieste FF presented a number of her films, including My 20th Century and Simon mágus.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
1989 Az én XX. századom (Il mio XX secolo / My 20th Century); Premi / Awards: Cannes – Caméra d’Or 1991 Téli hadjárat cm / sf 1994 Bűvös vadász (Magic Hunter); Premi / Awards: Budapest, Settimana del cinema ungherese – Miglior regia / Hungarian Film Week – Best Director 1999 Simon mágus (Simon, the Magician); Premi / Awards: Budapest, Settimana del cinema ungherese – Miglior regia, Miglior attore / Hungarian Film Week – Best Director, Best Actor 2004 Európából Európába doc. (Europe, omnibus diretto con / directed with Benedek Fliegauf, Miklós Jancsó, Zsolt Kézdi-Kovács, Elemér Ragályi, János Rózsa, Pál Sándor, Sára Sándor, István Szabó, Ferenc Török) 2008 Elsö szerele (First Love) cm / sf 2012-2016 Terápia serie TV / TV series 2017 Testről és lélekről (Corpo e anima / On Body and Soul); Premi / Awards: Berlinale – Orso d’oro / Golden Bear 2021 A feleségem története (The Story of my Wife)