Hungary, South Korea, France, 2014
Dir. György Pálfi
“What tea do you want? We’ve got some mint tea,” mutters an old woman to her apathetic husband. She then goes up to the roof of her apartment block from where she surveys Budapest’s evening skyline. And she jumps. Plunging past the apartments that fill her grey Communist block, and their inhabitants, her fall sets off a mise-en- scène in which György Pálfi allows the viewer brief glimpses into the strange and darkly comedic lives of this microcosm of contemporary Hungarian society. His fifth feature film, Free Fall masterfully demonstrates Pálfi’s powerful visual style, whose spectrum ranges from sci-fi to social realism, but which is interspersed throughout with elements of the grotesque, the surreal and the absurd.
Since premiering at the Jeonju Film Festival, Free Fall has gone on to win numerous awards, including the Best Director Award and Special Jury Prize at the 2014 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and a nomination for Best Feature at the Chicago International Film Festival in the same year.