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Léa Seydoux teams up with Ildikó Enyedi for The Story of My Wife

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- The French actress will topline the film alongside Norway’s Anders Baasmo Christiansen; production duties are being handled by Inforg - M&M Film

Léa Seydoux teams up with Ildikó Enyedi for The Story of My Wife
Actress Léa Seydoux and director Ildikó Enyedi

For her next opus, The Story of My Wife, Hungarian filmmaker Ildikó Enyedi – who won the Golden Bear at Berlin last year with On Body and Soul [+see also:
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, which is still in the running for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film (set to be handed out on 4 March) – will try her hand at her first feature film in the English language.

Standing out among the cast is an international duo comprising France’s Léa Seydoux (Palme d’Or at Cannes for Blue Is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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, which earned her her second nomination for the César Award for Best Actress after the one she got for Farewell My Queen [+see also:
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interview: Benoît Jacquot
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; also popular in Sister [+see also:
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interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
interview: Ursula Meier
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Grand Central [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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]
The Lobster [+see also:
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Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
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]
Spectre [+see also:
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 and It’s Only the End of the World [+see also:
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) and Norway’s Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Amanda Award for Best Actor in 2004 and 2016 for Buddy and Welcome to Norway! [+see also:
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, and nominated this year for The Tree Feller [+see also:
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, also impressive in The King’s Choice [+see also:
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 and Kon-Tiki [+see also:
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, and a European Film Promotion Shooting Star in 2010). 

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An adaptation of the novel of the same name written in 1942 by Hungarian author Milán Füst, The Story of My Wife introduces us to Jacob Störr, a hard-working Dutch sea captain. One day, he makes a bet in a café to marry the first woman who enters the place – and who should stroll in but Lizzy. Later, Störr's investigation to find out whether his wife is cheating on him or not brings him to the limits of life and death.

This will be the sixth feature by Ildikó Enyedi, after My 20th Century (Caméra d'Or at Cannes in 1989 and presented as part of this year’s Berlinale Classics programme), The Magic Hunter and Tamas and Juli (in competition at Venice in 1994 and 1997), Simon the Magician (in competition at Locarno in 1999) and the aforementioned On Body and Soul

The Story of My Wife, the shoot for which will take place next year (in Budapest, Hamburg, Paris and the south of Italy), is being produced by Mónika MécsAndrás Muhi and Ernő Mesterházy for Inforg-M&M Film together with Germany’s Komplizen Film (Maren AdeJanine Jackowski and Jonas Dombach), France’s Pyramide Productions (Francis Boespflug and Stéphane Parthenay) and Italian outfit Dorje Film (Flaminio Zadra), with backing from the Hungarian National Film Fund.

(Translated from French)

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