a film by György Pálfi
World Premiere: Cannes 2006 - Official Selection, Un Certain Regard

Hungary / Austria / France // 2006 // 90min // 35mm // dolby digital


The heroes of Taxidermia are three men. Three generations of a family, who happen to live in Eastern Europe, in Hungary. The story of the grandfather, the awkward batman of a ruthless captain in the 2nd World war; the father, who is a professional sports man, a competitive eater during the socialist era; and the story of his son, who is a taxidermist, the sculptor of organic material, is told by the youngest member of the family. Surrealism and historical facts get mixed up in his imagination, creating a kind of "fairy realism".

Written & Directed by

György Pálfi


Zsófia Ruttkay


Gergely Pohárnok


Réka Lemhényi


Tamás Zányi

Set Design

Adrien Asztalos, Veronika Merlin

Art Design

Geza Szollosi

Costume Design

Júlia Patkós, Patricia Schömitz

Make Up

Michaela Haag


Marc Bischoff, István Gyuricza, Adám Dérényi, István Horváth

3D Supervisor

Bela Klingl

Production Management

Gabriella Reisinger, Imre Bodó, Zoltán Galambos

Production Coordination

Katharina Mosser, Sophie Heitzeneder

Location Manager

Zepp Berensmeier

Location Manager set

Wolfgang Vinzberger


Peter Miskolczi, Gábor Váradi, Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Emilie Georges, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu


Eurofilms, Memento Film, AMOUR FOU Vienna

Supported by

ÖFI, Filmfonds Wien, ORF, Eurimages, MMK, Duna TV, arte

Awards & Nominations

Don-Quijote-Preis @ FilmFestival Cottbus
"The Silver Hugo" @ Chicago IFF
"Iris Award for Best Film" @ "Brussels European Film Festival"
Best Director for Gyorgy Pálfi @ Transilvania International Film Festival
Main Award @ "37th Hungarian Film Week"
Gene Moskowitz Prize @ "37th Hungarian Film Week"
Best male supporting actor - Csaba Czene @ "37th Hungarian Film Week"
Beste female supporting actor - Adél Stanczel @ "37th Hungarian Film Week"
Award for the Best Visual Design @ "37th Hungarian Film Week"
Grosser Preis der Studentenjury
Regie-Preis FICCO 2007 @ Mexico international Film Festival
Estonian Film Critics Award @ Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2006
Audience Jury Award @ Tantasporto 2007


FilmFestival Cottbus - Germany
Tallinn Black Nights FF - Estonia
Thessaloniki FF - Greece
Etiuda & Anima FF - Poland
Cottbus FF - Germany
Taipei Golden Horse FF - Taiwan
Seville FF - Spain
Sao Paulo IFF - Brazil
London FF - UK
Montreal New Cinema FF - Canada
Bergen IFF - Norwegen
Seoul European FF - Korea
Sitges IFF - Spain
Chicago IFF - USA
Pusan IFF - Korea
Reykjavik IFF - Iceland
Antalya IFF - Türkei
Helsinki IFF - Finnland
Toronto IFF - Canada
Sarajevo IFF - Bosnia
Melbourne IFF - Australien
Gersh Agency - USA
Brussels Euopean FF - Belgium
Karlovy IFF - Czech Republic
Moscow IFF - CIS
Lions Gate IFF -USA
Transilvania IFF - Roumania
Festival de Cannes 2006 - Un Certain Regard
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - Hungary
Diagonale 2007 - Austria