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My 20th Century

Az én XX. Százado
HU/DE/CU, 1989, 99mins, Cert.15
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Film description

Ildikó Enyedi’s fairytale-like, unconventional Hungarian comedy drama presents a feminist counter-history of the 20th century, celebrating electricity, love, movies and the infinite possibilities of man and woman.

Born in Budapest, Lila (Dorotha Segda) and Dora (also Segda) are twin sisters who, after being orphaned in childhood, are adopted by two different families and separated. Purely by chance, they both book passage on the Orient Express on the same day, but while Dora is the mistress of a rich man, Lila has become a terrorist with intentions of blowing up the train.

The film earned Enyedi the Golden Camera award at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, and deservedly so. It is a heady mix of wit and hilarious surrealism, which combined with gorgeous black and white cinematography, create a truly breath taking and unique cinematic experience.


Presented as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project with support from BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery and the Hungarian National Film Archive.

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Showing at

Hyde Park Picture House

Venue details


73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD, UK
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Access info

The Picture House has two small steps at the main entrance. Step-free access to the auditorium and foyer is possible via a side entrance. Unfortunately none of the Picture House's toilets are accessible and both via a flight of stairs. The cinema has three wheelchair spaces – to reserve one of these, please select the 'wheelchair space' ticket during checkout.

Refreshment info

The Picture House offers a range of hot and cold drinks, including beers and wines, alongside popcorn, sweets, ice creams (Northern Bloc) and vegan cakes (That Old Chestnut).


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