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by András SZIRTES
1987 / color / sound / 1S / 51' 00

"[UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS] is an avant-garde travelogue with a nod to The Man Who Fell to Earth. Szirtes, 38, is the dean of Hungarian experimentalists, and this hour-long film, the product of a recent sojourn in New York, is something like his Martian Diaries ....

"Grainy and languorous, UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS complements its funky elegance with a certain illiterate charm - 'His home, he names it Headquarter ... He is upset, he tells dirty words' - and a narrative of sorts, mostly on the level of the mock-poetic spoken text: 'The garden party represents the most important memory in the mind of the Friendly Being.' It is there, apparently, that the alien falls in love. The Friendly Being fathers a child, gets confused, and leaves for his own world. Shortly thereafter, 'The planet explodes, splits into two, and turns into stone. The solar system falls apart.' The movie ends with the contemplation of a nonexistent Hungary on a shower-curtain map of the world." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
original language English
rental fee 171,00 €