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Feb 22, 2018

Excitement builds for "On Body And Soul’ Hungary‘s Oscar nominee

Ildiko Enyedi is the only female director in the best foreign language film category this year, and will hopefully follow in the footsteps of her countrymen and women to bag the prize at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th, 2018

Hungary's film industry is on a winning streak with two Oscars in just two years, but can it win a third?

"On Body And Soul" is Ildiko Enyedi's first film in nearly twenty years and comes hot on the heels of 2016 Oscar winner "Son of Saul", and "Sing", which secured best live action short last year.

Enyedi is the only female director in the best foreign language film category this year and will hopefully follow in the footsteps of her countrymen and women to bag the prize at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th, 2018.

“On Body and Soul” made in association with the Hungarian Film Fund, tells the story of two people working at a slaughterhouse in Budapest who discover that they have the same dreams and attempt to make them come true.

The film was awarded the Golden Bear, the main prize of the Berlin Film Festival and also picked up a prize at the European Film Awards for Best Actress.

According to Associated Press, the film’s producer Mónika Mécs said a key to the film's success was in the empathy it has with the audience.

"This is a wonderful love story, a film of love about two people very distant from each other and about them finding each other," Mécs said. "In a slightly clumsy way, it's very hard for them to communicate, they misunderstand each other, but in the end their love is fulfilled. I believe that then viewers recognize themselves in these characters."

Associated Press describes how Hungarian cinema has been enjoying an upsurge of late, winning numerous awards at film festivals across the world as well as at the Oscars.

"A new, fresh golden era or golden age has arrived," Mécs said. "The Oscar glut is part of this very exciting and surprising process."