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Three Karlovy Vary Awards for FREE FALL

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2014 karlovy palfiSpecial Jury Prize, Best Director and Europa Cinemas Label awards went to György Pálfi and his producer Ferenc Pusztai at the closing ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary IFF, the leading Eastern European film event.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has been the most renowned and important film festival in Eastern Europe. In the closing ceremony held in 12th July in Velký sál, the main screening hall of the festival, the Grand Jury selected Free Fall over its 12 competitors for the winner of the Special Jury Prize. Snagging Best Director award and Europa Cinemas Label Award given to the best European film in the official section as well, Free Fall literally swept the festival. As it is rare for international film festivals to select a single film for both Special Jury Prize and Best Director award, Free Fall was proven to be one of the best artistic achievements in this year.

Written by the director together with Zsófia Ruttkay, the central theme of Free Fall is a woman who commits suicide by hurling herself off the roof of a tower block. During her fall, she looks through the various windows and discovers the lives of the residents, which allows the film to tell six different stories, giving a very humorous outlook on the mediocrity of humanity and modern life.

Starring Piroska Molnár, Zsolt Nagy, Réka Tenki, Zsolt Nagy, Zsolt Trill, Irén Bordán, Tamás Jordán, Géza Hegedus D and Miklós Benedek, Free Fall was produced by Ferenc Pusztai for KMH Film, and co-produced by France (Sciapode) and South Korea (Jeonju Digital Project). The film will be released in Hungarian cinemas on 25 September.


Reviews

Variety : 'Taxidermia's' enfant terrible invents seven darkly comedic vignettes set on different floors of a bleak apartment building.
By Peter Debruge

The Hollywood Reporter : Hungarian auteur György Pálfi's entry to the three-feature Jeonju Digital Project offers a portmanteau of bizarre goings-on in apartments in a tenement block.
By Clarence Tsui

Screendaily : Gyorgy Palfi, the enfant terrible of Hungarian cinema, went not only to France but all the way to Jeonju in South Korea to find the right partners for this wildly sardonic commentary on modern society.
By Dan Fainaru