Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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Ildikó Enyedi's fairytale-like, unconventional ironic film luminaire was awarded the Camera d'Or at Cannes in 1989. On the eve of the 20th century, two twin girls, Lili the anarchist and Dóra a luxurious woman of loose morals, along with Mr. Z. who loves them as an entity, all reach the Hungarian border at the same time on board the Orient Express. Their story, rushing under the spell of Edison's inventions, is a special 'research of happiness', reclaiming the 'mass murdering century' from the restlessly changing world and the miracle of existence. Tarkovsky's fabulous actor, Oleg Yankovsky, performs an unforgettable double with the young Polish actress Dorotha Segda. The complete 4K digital restoration of the film was carried out at the Hungarian Filmlab, supervised by the Hungarian Film Fund - Hungarian National Film Archive in 2017. Digital grading was supervised by cinematographer Tibor Máthé.


  • Gillian Tett
  • Ian Bremmer
  • Rana Foroohar
  • Paul Piff
  • Faisa Shaheen
  • Kate Williams
  • Suresh Naidu
  • Francis Fukuyama
  • Bryce Edwards
  • Simon Johnson

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Sep 28, 2020

Justin Pemberton’s documentary, based on the bestselling book by French economist Thomas Piketty, tells us a story no less depressing or gruesomely hypnotic for being so familiar – like observing a slo-mo driverless car crash from the passenger seat.

Metacritic review by Peter Bradshaw
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
Apr 30, 2020

The film's timing is fortuitous, as a worldwide calamity might conceivably make governments more receptive to Piketty's proposals for redistribution and reform. But it leaves one wishing for a longer-form project.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
Apr 30, 2020

Capital in the 21st Century, in documentary form, is an almost overwhelming alarm bell, a call to action and a fact, chart, animated illustration-and-quote-stuffed history of “how we got here” in the first place.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation