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Taxidermia

a film by György Pálfi

DRAMA | 2006 | Hungary / Austria / France | 90 min | English | Color | 35mm | 1:1,85

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The heroes of Taxidermia are three men. Three generations of a family, who happen to live in Eastern Europe, in Hungary. The story of the grandfather, the awkward batman of a ruthless captain in the 2nd World war; the father, who is a professional sports man, a competitive eater during the socialist era; and the story of the son, who is a taxidermist, the sculptor of organic material, is told by the youngest member of the family. Surrealism and historical facts get mixed up in his imagination, creating a kind of "fairy realism". 


Premiere: Festival de Cannes 2006 - Un Certain Regard
Cast: Marc Bischoff, István Gyuricza, Adám Dérényi, István Horváth

Director: György PálfiScreenplay: György PálfiCamera: Gergely PohárnokEditing: Réka LemhényiMusic: Amon TobinSound: Tamás ZányiArt Direction: Adrien Asztalos, Veronika MerlinCostumes: Júlia Patkós, Patricia SchömitzLocation Manager: Zepp BerensmeierProduction Management: Gabriella Reisinger, Imre Bodó, Zoltán Galambos
Production: Peter Miskolczi, Gábor Váradi, Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Emilie Georges, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Funding: ÖFI, FFW, ORF (Film/Fernseh-Abkommen), Eurimages, MMK, Duna TV, arte

Worldsales: Fortissimo Films, info@fortissimo.nl

Distribution: Poool Filmverleih www.poool.at
The heroes of Taxidermia are three men. Three generations of a family, who happen to live in Eastern Europe, in Hungary. The story of the grandfather, the awkward batman of a ruthless captain in the 2nd World war; the father, who is a professional sports man, a competitive eater during the socialist era; and the story of the son, who is a taxidermist, the sculptor of organic material, is told by the youngest member of the family. Surrealism and historical facts get mixed up in his imagination, creating a kind of "fairy realism". 
Prizes:

Don-Quijote-Preis am FilmFestival Cottbus 

"The Silver Hugo" am Chicago IFF

"Iris Award for Best Film" am "Brussels European Film Festival"

Transilvania IFF - Roumania - Preis für beste Regie für Gyorgy Pálfi

Großer Preis der "37th Hungarian Film Week" Budapest

Gene Moskowitz Prize (Preis der internationalen Filmkritik)

Bester männliche Nebendarsteller - Csaba Czene (Vendel Erste Episode)

Beste weibliche Nebendarstellerin - Adél Stanczel (Gizi Zweite Episode)

Preis für das Beste Visual Design (Designer, Design Ideen, Kostüme, Make-up, Special Make-up, Digital FX)

Grosser Preis der Studentenjury 

Regie-Preis FICCO 2007 (Mexico international film festival)



Festivals:

 Festival de Cannes 2006 - Un Certain Regard

FilmFestival Cottbus - Deutschland 
Tallinn Black Nights FF - Estonia
Thessaloniki FF - Greece 
Etiuda & Anima FF - Poland
Cottbus FF - Germany
Taipei Golden Horse FF - Taiwan 
Seville FF - Spain
AFM - USA 
Sao Paulo IFF - Brazil
London FF - UK 
Montreal New Cinema FF - Canada
Bergen IFF - Norwegen 
Seoul European FF - Korea
Sitges IFF - Spain 
Chicago IFF - USA 
Pusan IFF - Korea 
Reykjavik IFF - Iceland
Antalya IFF - Türkei 
Helsinki IFF - Finnland 
Toronto IFF - Canada 
Sarajevo IFF - Bosnia
Melbourne IFF - Australien 
Gersh Agency - USA 

Brussels Euopean FF - Belgien 
Karlovy IFF - Czech Republic 
Moscow IFF
 - CIS 
Lions Gate IFF -USA

Transilvania IFF - Roumania 
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - Hungary 
Diagonale 2007 - Austria





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GYÖRGY PÁLFi

A native Hungarian, Pàlfi started his formal training in 1995 at the Theatre and Film Academy in Budapest, though his life as an artist and filmmaker was launched well before when he began experimenting with and making Super 8 films as a youth. After making his mark on the festival circuit with several award-winning shorts, he went on to garner more acclaim for his first feature, HUKKLE, which claimed, among others the Fassbinder Award, the Discovery Film Award from the European Film Academy, the Golden Firebird Prize at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the Fest du Film de Paris, and the Hungarian Criticâs Award in 2003. TAXIDERMIA cleverly weaves the tale of three generations of men in a Hungarian family, told through the eyes of a young taxidermist and his quest to piece together the shattered remnants of his past. TAXIDERMIA received the 2004 Sundance/NHC (Japan Broadcasting Company) International Filmmakers Award. This annual award was created to support new voices in international cinema and is presented to emerging film directors from different global regions, to support them in realizing their next project. Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is dedicated to the development of artists of independent vision and the exhibition of their new work.






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