Éva lives cut off from the outside world in her sterile blue apartment. She's allergic to just about everything. Her sole contact with the world is her brother Gyuri, who brings her food and keeps her company. This situation changes when András enters her life – a psychiatrist who will advise her in a court case about whether Éva's condition is caused by pollution, or whether her mental state is so fragile that she herself is the cause of her allergies. Is she sick, or is the world making her sick?

Ágnes Kocsis explores the confusing ambiguity of modern world suspended between sustainability and emptiness. The character of Eva is poignantly embodied by actress Lana Baric and echoes Todd Haynes' Safe, in which Julianne Moore suffers from an 'environmental illnesses'.

The relationship between Éva and András becomes more intimate, and her condition seems to improve. But is love the antidote she was waiting for? Or is her condition incurable? And can the world be cured?

Original title
Éden
Filmmaker
Ágnes Kocsis
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Hungary, Romania
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
153’
Language
Hungarian
Producer
József Berger, Oana Giurgiu, Alain Berliner, Ági Pataki, Els Vandevorst
Production Company
MYTHBERG FILMS, LIBRA FILMS, Creative Hours, Isabella Films
Sales
HNFF World Sales
Writer
Ágnes Kocsis, Ivo Briedis, Gábor Németh, Andrea Roberti
Cinematography
Máté Tóth Widamon
Editor
Áron Mezei
Production Design
Petra Vinnai
Sound Design
Francois Dumont, Herman Pieëte
Cast
Lana Baric, Daan Stuyven, Lóránt Bocskor-Salló, Maja Roberti, Zalán Makranczi, Róbert Kardos