Hungary’s György Pálfi to shoot ‘The Voice’ in Ottawa

Pop Goes The News — Where does a Hungarian filmmaker shoot a movie about a man searching for his father in the U.S.? In Canada, of course.

Acclaimed director György Pálfi will be in Ottawa this summer to bring The Voice to life. Cameras are set to roll from June 13 to Sept. 2.

The feature film, a co-production of Hungary’s KMH Film and Ottawa-based Quiet Revolution, has been in development for several years. In December 2014, The Voice won the Arte International Prize at the Les Arcs European Film Festival for a project in development.

Written by Pálfi and his wife Zsófia Ruttkay, it was reportedly inspired by Stanisław Lem’s 1968 novel His Master’s Voice.

The film is about a journalist searching for his father, a scientist who went missing in the 1970s while working on a top secret military research project.

No casting details have been announced.

Pálfi, who turns 42 next month, won an award in 2002 for his debut film Hukkle and had his film Taxidermia screened in the Un Certain Regard program at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. Both films were chosen as Hungary’s submissions for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

By making The Voice in Ontario, producers benefit from a 35 per cent tax credit — and an additional 10 per cent credit for shooting outside the Toronto area.