TAXIDERMIA

Synopsis

Three stories. Three ages. Three men. Grandfather, father, son. One is an orderly, one is a leading sportsman, and one is a master taxidermist. One desires love, the other success, and the third immortality.

Like the novels from Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or the works of the popular contemporary Hungarian writer, Parti Nagy Lajos, surrealism and historical facts are mixed to create a kind of "fairy realism". As the 20th century draws to a close, we witness history as seen through the eyes of three generations of a Hungarian family…

Year

2006

Duration

91 Mins

Genre

Drama

Language

Hungarian

Country

Hungary

Director & Writer

György Pálfi studied directing from 1995-2000 at the Theatre and Film Academy in Budapest under Sándor Simó. Palfi’s first feature, Hukkle, won the Fassbinder Award of the European Film Academy in 2003, and Best First Film, the Gene Moskowitz Prize of Foreign Critics, the Student Award, and the Hungarian Critics Award at the 33rd Hungarian Filmweek. He shared the Best Director prize at the 35rd Hungarian Filmweek for his segment, “Shaman vs. Icarus,” in the omnibus film A Bus Came… Taxidermia, which he co-wrote with his wife, Zsófia Ruttkay, won the award for Best Film and the Gene Moskowitz Prize of Foreign Critics at the 37th Hungarian Filmweek. Their screenplay won the Sundance/NHK award for Best European Film Project in 2004.

Producers

Péter Miskolczi
Gábor Váradi
Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Alexandre Mallet-Guy
Emilie Georges

Cast

Adél Stanczel
Géza Hegedžs D.
István Hunyadkürti
Piroska Molnár
Marc Bischoff
István Gyuricza
Csaba Czene
Gábor Máté
Gergő Trócsányi

Additional Credits

Production Company
Eurofilm Studio
Production Company
Amour Fou Filmproduktion
Production Company
Memento Films
Production Company
La Cinéfacture
Co-production Company
Arte France
Screenplay
György Pálfi
Screenplay
Zsófia Ruttkay
Based on a short story by
Lajos Parti Nagy
Cinematography
Gergely Pohárnok
Production Designer
Adrien Asztalos
Music
Amon Tobin
Music
Albert Márkos
Editor
Réka Lemhényi
Sound
Tamás Zányi
Costume
Júlia Patkós
Set Designer
Géza Szöllõsi
Casting
Attila Réthly
Make-up
Hildegard Haide