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His Master's Voice
Original title:
Az Ur hangja
Slovenian title:
Gospodov glas
Section:
KINGS & QUEENS
Country, year:
Hungary, France, Canada, USA, Sweden, 2018
Length:
108
Directed by:
Gyorgy Pálfi
Screenplay:
Stanislav Lem, György Pálfi, Zsófia Ruttkay, Nagy V. Gergö
Cinematography:
Gergely Pohárnok
Music:
Ábris Gryllus
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
English,Hungarian
Voting code:
V
Cast:
Csaba Polgár (Péter), Eric Peterson (Hogarth), Kate Vernon (Camille), Angelo Tsarouchas (Adrian Hines), Diána Magdolna Kiss (Dóra)
Awards:
Tokyo 2018

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Description:
Acclaimed Hungarian director György Pálfi (Taxidermia) drew inspiration for his dystopic tale about a family's dark history from Stanislav Lem's iconic novel of the same name.
Péter is in his late thirties when he thinks he recognises his father in a documentary on a mysterious accident. His father deserted communist Hungary in the 1970s, a criminal offence under that regime, and has not been heard from since. Péter travels to America and, after an eventful investigation, finds his father and his new family. The reunion offers them plenty of experiences and teaches both father and son some important lessons. Also, as a consequence, the world is informed that the mute universe has spoken and that we are not alone.

"We had to depart from the scientific historical anecdotes because they wouldn't fit into the frame of a feature film /…/. Unlike Lem, we didn't put the emphasis on whether the scientists are able to decode the messages coming from outer space, but rather on how to bring the human issues with those of the universe on a common denominator." (György Pálfi)