György Pálfi gears up to shoot His Master's Voice
by Fabien Lemercier
- The cameras are set to start rolling for the Hungarian filmmaker’s next film, a KMH production adapting Stanislaw Lem’s writing, on 18 July
Over the course of five feature films, Hungarian filmmaker György Pálfi has built a solid reputation for himself based on originality and talent. The winner of the European Film Award for European Discovery and a Special Mention in the New Directors section at San Sebastián in 2002 with Hukkle, he went on to stun audiences on the Croisette in 2006 with Taxidermia [+see also:
film profile] in Un Certain Regard, before filming I Am Not Your Friend (selected in competition at Karlovy Vary in 2009), the astonishing collage film Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen [+see also:
interview: Gyorgy Palfi
film profile] (which closed Cannes Classics in 2012) and Free Fall [+see also:
film profile] (winner of the Special Jury Prize, Best Director Award and Europa Cinemas Label at Karlovy Vary in 2014). Following several setbacks for his ambitious project Toldi, which was terminated at the very last moment, Pálfi will be back on set from 18 July to shoot his sixth feature, His Master's Voice [+see also:
film profile] (working title: The Voice).
Co-written by Zsofia Ruttkay, Gergely V Nagy and the director, the script is an adaptation of the 1968 novel His Master’s Voice, written by Polish author Stanislaw Lem, whose works have been the inspiration for a number of films, notably Andrei Tarkovsky and Steven Soderberg’s Solaris and Ari Folman’s The Congress [+see also:
film profile]. The plot follows a thirty-something Hungarian journalist who has never met his father, who defected to the US in the 1970s and disappeared. However, as he is about to start his own family, the journalist decides to travel to the States to find him. As a scientist, the father worked in a research group that examined "voices" from space in search of evidence of extra-terrestrial intelligent life…
Currently in the process of finalising the casting, His Master's Voice is being produced by Ferenc Puztai for KMH Film, with Michael A Dobbin co-producing for Canadian outfit Quiet Revolution Pictures. As a reminder, the project won the Arte International Prize at the Les Arcs European Film Festival’s Coproduction Village in 2014 and has also received support from the Torino Film Lab. Domestic distribution for the film will be managed by Vertigo Media with international sales being handled by the Hungarian National Film Fund, which has also thrown its support behind the film’s production.
(Translated from French)
Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.