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I am Not Your Friend + I Will Not Be Your Friend

György Pálfi
Nem leszek a barátod + Nem vagyok a barátod
Hungary 2009 / 100’

Two images, one screening. At first - a short film presenting a world of children, and then - a full-length film showing a world of adults. Why such comparison and what for? What is the relation between the two worlds? Is there any? Or is it just a coincidence, a sort of improvisation? Certainly, these two films directed by György Pálfi may be astonishing for those who loved his Hukkle. Their form is much looser, although they are still strictly and extraordinarily focused on characters. The filmmaker observes their behaviour, listens to their wishes and whims. Both films revolve around people's spontaneous, floating caprices. The characters juggle with emotions, create relationships and then back off, search for new ones only to miss their previous partners just a moment later.

The little characters of the short film play in a kindergarten, repeating all the time: I will be your friend. Everybody is my friend except for Marcel. I will become your friend instead of Niki. What will the adults in the second film say? How will they express such attitudes that children pronounce so straightforwardly? What consequences will their words and actions have?

Magdalena Sztorc

György Pálfi

Born in Budapest in 1974. He is completely self-taught and is one of the greatest formal innovators of Hungarian cinematography, and along with Kornel Mundruczo, Benedek Fliegauf, Attila Janisch he forms the new generation of talented artists from this country. He started his cinema adventure as an actor playing in The Documentator by István Dárday and Györgyi Szalai and then in TV productions. At 23, he debuted with a short film. After the multiple-award-winning Hukkle he made Taxidermia, a story about a grandfather, father and son, which was equally stylish and enigmatic with its numerous chronological leaps and deformed images.

Selected filmography:

1997 A hal (short)

2002 Hukkle

2006 Taxidermia

2009 Nem leszek a barátod + Nem vagyok a barátod / I Will Not Be Your Friend + I Am Not Your Friend