“What tea do you want? We've got some mint tea,” an old woman mutters to her apathetic husband, with whom she shares her cluttered home. She then goes up to the roof of her apartment block, from where she surveys the evening skyline over smog-veiled Budapest. And she jumps. We catch a fleeting glimpse of the other flats as the woman plunges past their windows – but we'll be seeing them again, one after the other, long enough to put a name to the “diagnosis” which shapes their inhabitants, all of whom are – regrettably, it has to be said – typical models of modern society. While given clear distinctions, the stories present numerous parallels. Seen in grotesque hyperbole, we are presented with a mockery of idle messianism and indifference – a spit in the face of hypocrisy. This highly imaginative, fine-tuned and, at the same time, unassuming film comes up with provocative ideas, while nothing about it would superficially cause the least offence. Sometimes not even jumping off a roof will do any good.
- Best Director, Label Europa Cinemas, Special Prize of the Jury - Karlovy Vary IFF
- Piroska Molnár
- Zsolt Nagy
- Tamás Jordán
- Zsófia Ruttkay
- György Pálfi
- Gergely Pohárnok
- Réka Lemhényi
- Amon Tobin
- KMH FILM
Fun and grotesquerie.
It’s thrilling to see a director in such clear command of the cinematic medium operating in such a playfully stylized way
A demonstration of a powerful visual style peppered with elements of the grotesque, surrealism and absurdity.
My life is short. I don’t want to dedicate my life to political filmmaking. I think my resonsibility is to make more universal, more human stories.
György Pálfi was born in 1974 in Budapest. He started shooting experimental Super 8 movies in 1987. He drew international attention with his feature film debut Hukkle, honored with a EFA for Discovery of the Year, received a FIPRESCI Award Special Mention in Cottbus Film Festival. His second feature film, TAXIDERMIA, quickly became known for its kinkiness and violence.
TAXIDERMIA screened at Cannes Un Certain Regard and won the Sundance Institute/NHK Award for Best European Film Project. His film FINAL CUT - LADIES AND GENTELEMAN's Special Screening was at Cannes Classics. His latest feature film, FREE FALL won three major awards (Best Director Award, Special Jury Prize and Label Europe Cinemas Award) at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 2014. HIS MASTER'S VOICE is his most recent film which premieres at the Tokyo IFF.