In the turmoilous 18th century, young poor Hungarian aristocrat Jonas helps Szaffi, a young pretty gypsy Romani girl and the illegitimate daughter of a Turkish pasha, get the treasure that's owed to her by the right of inheritance.
The film is an artistically spare depiction of the Greek myth of Sysiphus, sentenced to eternally roll a stone up a mountain. The story is presented in a single, unbroken shot, consisting ... See full summary »
A farcical retelling of Snow White. Disillusioned Snow White isn't all that pretty or cute, her friends dwarfs aren't all that hospitable, her evil stepmother is an alcoholic and prince charming likes the ladies too much.
Divided into four sections, "Song" is inspired by the Siberian and Finno-Ugric legends about Creation, in which the world begins with characters who are only half-human, one being half-bird, the other half-bear.
Zsolt Mohai, an eccentric shop window decorator in his 40s, drops by Anna Parádi on his wedding day, asking her to phone his bride Klára Horváth and call off the event. Drama, discussions ... See full summary »
Piel, a 7 or 8 year old boy, is alone on the desert planet Perdide, only survivor of an attack by giant hornets. Calling for help, Piel's father's friend Jaffar keeps contact with the kid ... See full summary »
Marcell Jankovics has often been asked if he had taken drugs during production. He finds such questions annoying, and maintains that his goal was never to make the film feel psychedelic or "trippy", but to respectfully preserve the cultural symbolism of the folk mythology it's been based on. He argues that most old cultures had their own system of symbols and allegorical tales that would seem bizarre to modern eyes, especially to people with different cultural backgrounds. He also admits he took no mind altering substances. See more »
Kömorzsoló and Vasgyúró have bare genitalia when wrestling with Fanyüvö (briefly seen when the latter lifts them up), but after they have met the princesses and run to the hole leading to the Underworld to rescue Fanyüvö, they suddenly have pubic hair. See more »
Before the credits begin scrolling, a looped animation of Fanyüvö walking amidst a smoggy, polluted cityscape is played while various eerie, "technological" noises play on the soundtrack. This segment, referencing the 12-headed city dragon Fanyüvö fought in the film, carries an anti-pollution message, and according to the director, it is the most important part of the movie. See more »
The film's Hungarian and Russian home video releases were incorrectly color-graded. The 1983 Soviet VHS release was entirely green toned, while the 2005 Hungarian DVD (the most commonly watched version prior to the 2019 remaster) had an overly high saturation and was tinted pink and blue, muddying the reds and yellows. Neither of these accurately represented the film's original colors and both got entirely rid of grays, which can be best seen on the originally gray Three-Headed Dragon. The 2019 4K high-def remaster by Arbelos Films and the Hungarian Filmlab finally restored the film's original colors and revealed finer shading details that have been previously hidden by incorrect color-grading. See more »
It was a pleasant surprise seeing folk tales I grew up with come to life. I guess Hungarian folk tales influenced Romanian folk tales, or maybe they share the same source. It's not just the same numerology symbolism, storytelling and dialogues; the Romanian folk tales I used to read when I was a kid are virtually identical with everything depicted in this animation.
Brilliant psychedelic imagery (nice experiments with shapes and colors), brilliant storytelling and even some subtle humor moments.
This animation should be sent in space as radio signals or something, because I pretty much consider it the essence of the human spirit, an excellent depiction of primordial human philosophy.
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