AZ ÚR HANGJA HIS MASTER'S VOICE
Cult director Györgi Pälfi (HUKKLE, TAXIDERMIA) gives outer space a voice in this unorthodox Stanisław Lem adaptation. In developing his screenplay, Pälfi embedded Lem’s philosophical original text dating from 1968 into a narrative framework set in the present day. Budapest resident Péter is pushing forty. Perusing the web one day, he believes he recognises his father, who vanished many years before, in a video posted online by an American conspiracy theorist. His dad, a physicist, left Hungary in the 1970s, which was considered a criminal offence by the Communist regime of the day. Egged on by his brother Zsolt, Péter travels to the USA and not only manages to find his father – he also meets the latter’s new, second family, including his half-brother, leading a life of privilege. As it turns out, Péter’s father was actively involved in a secret research project known as “Operation His Master’s Voice”. The participating scientists discovered a method of communicating with outer space, but alas a series of mysterious accidents led to the decommissioning of the entire project. In a whimsical fashion, this cinematic reflection on media regularly blurs the boundaries between science fiction and family drama, as well as those between Hungary, America and the cosmos at large.
Born in Budapest in 1974, Pálfi entered the Budapest University of Theatre and Film Arts in 1995. His debut feature HUKKLE (2002) won the European Discovery of the Year Award. His second feature TAXIDERMIA premiered in 2006 in Cannes and won the Main Prize at the Hungarian Film Week in Budapest. In 2014, FREE FALL won three awards in Karlovy Vary, among them Best Director and a Special Jury Prize.
Filmography (selection)2002 // HUKKLE2006 // TAXIDERMIA2012 // FINAL CUT – HÖLGYEIM ÉS URAIM / FINAL CUT - LADIES & GENTLEMEN2014 // SZABADESÉS / FREE FALL2018 // AZ ÚR HANGJA / HIS MASTER’S VOICE
Ungarisches Kulturinstitut Stuttgart