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György Pálfi

Profile on György Pálfi, director of Taxidermia

Name György Pálfi.
Born 11 April, 1974, Budapest, Hungary.
Background Having started as an actor at the age of 14 in anarchistic 1988 Hungarian drama The Documentator, Pálfi quickly decamped to the other side of the camera realising that ‘acting was not for me’. His taste for the weird and underground stayed true, however, and within ten years he had directed his vicious satirical short film debut A Hal. By 2002 he had made his first feature Hukkle, a dialogue-free portrait of a small rural community in Hungary. Raw and ascetically visceral the film was a kind of fusion of Boschian imagery, Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird and the early work of David Lynch.
What’s he up to now? Five years in the making, Pálfi’s new film Taxidermia has finally made its way onto Scottish screens. And it’s a beauty. This tale of three degenerate generations of men from WWII to modern day is equal parts Cronenberg, Karoly Makk and Terry Gilliam but far more shocking.
What he says about the message of his film ‘Any comments on the political or historic background of the film are only there to show how the era you are born into can affect you. A British viewer only needs to know that in Hungary, first we had a fascist regime in WWII then a communist regime and now it is a capitalist regime, which is the worst extreme.
Interesting fact Depending on funding Pálfi has three films in production: an expensive fairytale, a mid-budget foreign legion drama and a low budget film which is ‘under construction’. We say give him the money for all three. (Paul Dale)

Taxidermia, GFT, Glasgow from Mon 13 Aug.


  • 4 stars
  • 2006
  • Hungary/Austria/France
  • 1h 31min
  • 18
  • Directed by: György Pálfi
  • Written by: György Pálfi, Zsófia Ruttkay, Lajos Parti Nagy
  • Cast: Csaba Czene, Gergely Trócsányi, Piroska Molnár, Adél Stanczel

A twisted gross-out flick about the men in one family who ejaculate fire, eat grotesque amounts and compulsively embalm animals. Think Svankmajer, early Lynch and a touch of Tinto Brass and you will be prepared. Recommended for those with strong stomachs.

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