Gyorgy Palfi’s vivid Hungarian epic, Taxidermia, is a dark and brilliant film I saw when it premiered at Cannes 2006. At the time, I blogged that: “Taxidermia is an entirely demented look at three generations in one family and a constant need to fulfill oneself (and fill oneself) through food and sex. Plus, the film is pretty twisted and in no way would I suggest someone with a weak stomach even try to brave their way in. I liked it alot, though.”
After Cannes, it screened for a few festivals and was eventually acquired by Tartan. Unfortunately, that company wound up selling off or shelving its projects, and Taxidermia was likely to disappear from U.S. soil. Following a couple of years in limbo, the film will now have its American theatrical debut August 14 in New York and L.A. thanks to Regent Releasing. The film is brimming with grotesque images, but if you can handle it, you might be rewarded by its clever commentary. Here is the new U.S. trailer:
Thanks to Jürgen Fauth for the heads-up, as well as for giving me a second excuse to have an umlaut on the blog in one weekend.