Hukkle

An old man has hiccups sitting on a bench a drunkard is snoring on his carriage while the horses are taking it wherever they please. A kind old lady picks lilies of the valley. Women sew in the dressmaker's shop men play bowls, it is harvest time, and amidst the magically presented details of the ordinary, a policeman is investigating a murder. These scenes, that at first seem to be disconnected gradually build up to a bizarre women's movement. The women of the village are preparing a conspiracy towards men in silent, baffling solidarity. As the film progresses, the old man's hiccups turn into the film's rhythm and the old man turns into a narrator, of sorts. In his feature debut, György Pálfi recreates the magical world of Czech surrealist animation using the flesh and blood inhabitants of a village. The meticulousness of Pálfi, easily detected in every frame of the film can only be compared to a master of detail like Svankmajer. This unclassifiable film without dialoges -except for a song towards the end- is an exceptionally original work which reminds us that cinema is a primarily visual art form, thanks to its extraordinary cinematography (supported with digital effects) and editing.
Hungary
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2002

Director
György Palfi

Script
György Pálfi

Cinematography
Gergely Pohárnok

Editing
Gábor Marinkás

Production
MOKÉP

Cast
Ferenc Bandi
Ferenc Nagy
József Farkas
Mrs. Nagy
Mrs. Rácz

Music
Balázs Barna
Samu Gryllus

Awards
Best First Film
Foreign Film Critic's Prize
Hungarian Film Week

Festivals
8th Festival on Wheels
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