Siren Competition, Méliès d’Argent
György Pálfi // 2018 // Hungary // Science Fiction, Drama // 108 min // Hungarian National Film Fund
Cast: Csaba Polgár, Peterson Eric, Diána Kiss, Angelo Tsarouchas, Ádám Fekete, Ildikó Bánsági
Language: Hungarian and English // English subtitles
Much more than a strange kissing cousin to The X-Files, acclaimed director György Pálfi’s His Master’s Voice takes us on a mind-bending investigation of our origins and evolution.
Pálfi’s film, soaked in hazy conspiracy theories and a government cover-up that involved mysterious deaths in 1970s America, follows Hungarian brothers on a quest to be reunited with their estranged father, a man who disappeared from their motherland only to reemerge as a US researcher under the name Peter Hogarth.
His Master’s Voice tells an intimate story centered on the search for meaning in our private sphere, but also ponders mankind’s place in the universe among other forms of existence. With glimpses into the future as well as contact with an alien civilization, this is a headtrip of a film in which characters hold the book of life against the cosmos that generated everything as they attempt to crack its secret code.
Based on Polish author Stanislaw Lem’s philosophical novel of the same name, this offbeat exploration yields giants, orgies and destructive solar lasers. Seekers of unconventional cinema: hop on board!
Text: Tom Kiesecoms