Simon the Magician
(Simon mágus)

feature, 35mm, 92 minutes

co-produced with: France

PREMIER (HUNGARY): 1999.

Let me tell you an old story. Paris, 1998. We hardly remember what it was like. The city, the people, the technology. Too sophisticated and too rude, ironical and cheap. The end of something, but not a new beginning. Like ancient Rome around 100 B.C. This was when Simon, the magus turned up. It all started out like a brief report from the evening paper. Paris. A crime. No lead. No clues for the police. They turn to a visionary for help. He comes from the East and calls himself Simon. When he arrives people gather around him. They all expect a miracle: paparazzi, a disciple and an old rival, another magus. A successful and sophisticated man, he lives in Paris, but feels that Simon is the real one. He challenges him to a duel, a magus-duel. They have to spend three days under the earth and then rise again. Simon accepts the challenge. Why? Just because. Why not? He does not really feel like it, but if the other insists so much, let it be. He is a weary magus. Reserved and dispirited. He would like to lie down. When, on the third day he is dug out of his temporary grave, they find him dead. They bury him again according to his instructions. Night falls. The magus is alone, lying in the ground, in the deserted outskirts of a foreign city. Jeanne hurries to her date with Simon. She does not know anything about him, she only knows the man she loves. The earth is frozen. Motionless. Now a muffled noise is heard from the deep. And another. A thin crack on the ground. The magus is dead, but the man makes his date on time.

Creators

Ildikó Enyedi Director
Ildikó Enyedi Screenplay
Tibor Máthé Director of photography
Mária Rigó Editor
Béla Bartók, Brian Eno, Ludwig van Beethoven Music
István Sipos Sound
Danka Semenowicz Visual design
Claire Fraϊssé Costumes
Imre Bodó, Marie Trémège Production manager
Ildikó Enyedi, Jolán Árvai, Joël Farges, Péter Miskolczi, Elise Jalladean  Producer
Eurofilm Studio, Artcam International / FR, Hungarian Television, Athéna Films, Három Nyúl Studio, Budapest Film Studio Production company
Julie Delarme, Péter Halász, Hubert Kunde, Péter Andorai, Mari Nagy Cast

Awards

Locarno International Film Festival - 1999 FICC Special Prize
Tromso International Film Festival - 2000 Aurora Prize
Tehran FAJR International Film Festival - 2000 Best Actress: Julie Delarme
Arcachon Women Directors - 1999 Best Actor: Péter Andorai
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 1999 Best Director: Ildikó Enyedi
Tehran FAJR International Film Festival - 2000 Best Actress: Julie Delarme
Corato Film Festival - 2000 Main Prize
Mazottan International Film Festival - 2001 Best Actor: Péter Andorai
Salerno International Film Festival - 2000 Best Screenplay: Ildikó Enyedi
Lecce European Cinema Festival - 2000 Golden Olive Tree (main prize)

Festivals

Seattle International Film Festival - 2000
Ankara International Film Festival - 2000
Roma MedFilm Festival - 1999
Targu-Mures AlterNative - 1999
San Diego Latin Film Festival - 2000
Toronto International Film Festival - 1999
Selb Grenzland-Filmtage Festival - 2000
Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2000
Thessaloniki International Film Festival - 1999
Split Film Festival - 2000
Brisbane International Film Festival - 2000
Singapore International Film Festival - 2000
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - 1999
Setúbal FESTROIA  International Film Festival - 2004
London Raindance Film Festival - 1999
Hong Kong International Film Festival - 2000
Alba Infinity Film Festival - 2005
Ghent Flanders International Film Festival - 2000
Ljubljana International Film Festival - 1999 (in competition)
Bydgoszcz Camerimage - 1999
Mannheim International Film Festival - 1999
Várna Love is Folly International Film Festival - 2000
Trieste Film Festival - 2000
Istanbul International Film Festival - 2000
Seville Film Festival - 2018

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