21st October, Monday, 7 p.m., Balassi Institute

György Pálfi is surely one of the most prominent and well known representatives of the younger generation of Hungarian filmmakers. His distinctive, ambitious and commonly controversial author's poetics has gained a cult reputation among the audiences worldwide. Pálfi's films such as Free fall (Szabadesés, 2014), Final Cut (Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim, 2012) or the notorious Taxidermia (2006) have all been well received in Slovenia in the past, therefore October's film club will bring a treat – and a Ljubljana premiere! -: the director's new sci-fi feature, His Master's Voice. Péter, the film's main character, believes he recognized his father in a documentary on a mysterious accident in Colorado. This comes as a surprise since his father has deserted from Communist Hungary in the 70s and has not been heard of since. Péter travels to America where he finds his father and his new family. The reunion brings plenty of experiences and teaches several lessons to both son and father. In the meantime the world is informed that the mute universe has spoken and that we are not alone. His Master's Voice is an adaptation of Stanislav Lem's novel of the same name, but Pálfi's loose approach works in ways which allow the film to speak an astonishing cinematic language. The fragmentary nature of the novel is thus transmitted into film through a visual pastiche which includes usage of tv show formats, photography, archive footage, Skype calls, hallucinatory sequences and rapid editing, all of this combined results in a rich, bizarre and amusing sum of science fiction, family drama and philosophy.