Sófia Ruttkay

    13. 11. 2019

    After the screening of György Pálfi’s His Master’s Voice co-scriptwriter Zsófia Ruttkay joined Damijan Vinter for a Q&A session. The hybrid format of a fiction feature and computer animation emerged from the need to stay faithful to Stanisłav Lem’s book on which the film is based. The screenwriter explained that, “this format best reflects the book, as well as different narrations and genres it incorporates”. Even so, the film introduces new elements, for example the story about a son’s search for his father. According to Ruttkay, Lem aimed to show that people have grown distant from each other, a breakdown in communication is one of the movie’s central themes. Considering that the genre is science fiction, it is not surprising that the film takes place in “different spaces and times, invariably interrupted by certain events”. The audience was interested in the final message; is it merely pessimistic or can it be interpreted as optimistic. Ruttkay was of the opinion that the message was simply human, which means realistic. She went on to stress that the filmmakers had not aimed to convey an unambiguous message, but to leave an open ending and that the artists had not wanted to be understood as authors, which is a classic postmodernist stance. She continually emphasized the importance of vision or “intuition”, and spoke about the mysteries revealed by illogical, dreamlike things. Nevertheless, the movie did not aspire towards ahistoricity, because the filmmakers sought to depict “the entire cultural history” in relation to Lem’s novel. Ruttkay also revealed that they had contemplated various possible formats for the adaptation, including “a large pictorial trip, which is unviable because literature has outpaced cinema – literature went through the cinema’s current developmental stage fifty years ago”. The screenwriter concluded by saying that His Master’s Voice was a good movie precisely because of the filmmakers’ failed previous attempt, and was set off accidentally, not unlike the Big Bang; “perhaps this movie has created new galaxies...” 

    Written by Nataša Šušteršič

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