'Taxidermia' is Tartan's stuff


Tartan Films has acquired all North American rights to the hallucinogenic Hungarian film "Taxidermia," which was featured in Un Certain Regard at the Festival de Cannes in May.

Gyorgy Palfi's grotesque tale uses special effects to track three generations of men, including an award-winning obese speed eater, an embalmer of gigantic cats and a man who shoots fire out of his penis.

"The film is really out there," Tartan managing director Laura DeCasto said. "It's inventive, provocative and unique even among specialized films."

"Taxidermia," which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, was produced by Eurofilm Studio. Tartan plans an April platform theatrical rollout.

The film was produced by Peter Miskolczi, Gabor Varadi, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Emilie Georges and Alexandre Mallet-Guy.

DeCasto negotiated the deal with Michael Werner of Fortissimo.