June 21 - July 16, 2024

György Pálfi: An American Cinematheque Retrospective

Series | TAXIDERMIA, HUKKLE, “Shaman vs. Icarus,” FINAL CUT: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, “I Will Not Be Your Friend,” I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND, FREE FALL, HIS MASTER’S VOICE, “A Hal,” MINDÖRÖKKE

ABOUT THE SERIES:

The American Cinematheque is thrilled to celebrate Hungarian filmmaker György Pálfi’s work with an extensive retrospective showcasing a new 4k restoration of HUKKLE. Spanning 20 years behind the camera, his films are lauded for his bold and unconventional, at times surreal and experimental visions of humanity. What’s certain and consistent, is that Pálfi’s storytelling tendencies are peerless in their strange yet seemingly effortless profundity as his camera looks upon the lonely and hapless inhabitants of his desolate, cinematic world, without judgment, as they navigate the often dire circumstances they find themselves burdened with.

Littered with delicately absurd humor, Pálfi’s cinema offers its audience a rare glimpse into the darker corners of Hungarian society, a location that for Pálfi is often riddled with tragedy or despair. His oeuvre is one of curious dichotomies. The social realism of his feature debut, HUKKLE clashes with the post-apocalyptic science fiction observable in MINDÖRÖKKE; the practice of complete improvisation in I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND contradicts the precise construction of FREE FALL, that’s form even evokes that of Alfred Hitchock’s exacting REAR WINDOW; the classical narrative structure of HIS MASTER’S VOICE makes us wonder if it was in fact the same filmmaker who conjured the surreal and abstract TAXIDERMIA.

With a filmography as utterly undefinable as any filmmaker’s working today, truly anything can happen in Pálfi’s cinema and this is especially true in what is perhaps his most towering work of experimental filmmaking, FINAL CUT: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, a cinematic collage that cuts together images from 500 classic films from around the world, and pastes them together to deliver a love story that feels like a fleeting mirage, an uncompromising statement on the history of cinema, and his greatest trick yet. In addition to all the films named above, the retrospective will also include a handful of  Pálfi’s short films, including “Shaman Vs Icarus,” “I Will Not Be Your Friend,” and “A Hal,” all of which only further cement György Pálfi as one of the most original filmmakers working today.

Read More about TAXIDERMIA
FRI JUN 21, 2024

7:00 PM

TAXIDERMIA

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘György Pálfi: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’

Read More about HUKKLE
SUN JUN 23, 2024

4:00 PM

HUKKLE

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | New 4K Restoration!

‘György Pálfi: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’

Read More about "Shaman vs. Icarus" / FINAL CUT: LADIES & GENTLEMEN
WED JUN 26, 2024

7:00 PM

"Shaman vs. Icarus" / FINAL CUT: LADIES & GENTLEMEN

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | Introduction by actor Julia Ubrankovics

György Pálfi: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’

Read More about "I Will Not Be Your Friend" / I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND
SUN JUN 30, 2024

10:00 PM

"I Will Not Be Your Friend" / I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘György Pálfi: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’

Read More about FREE FALL
TUE JUL 2, 2024

7:00 PM

FREE FALL

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘György Pálfi: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’

Read More about HIS MASTER'S VOICE
SUN JUL 7, 2024

10:00 PM

HIS MASTER'S VOICE

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘György Pálfi: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’

Read More about "A Hal" / MINDÖRÖKKE
TUE JUL 16, 2024

10:00 PM

"A Hal" / MINDÖRÖKKE

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘György Pálfi: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’