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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Lajkó--Gypsy in Space

Lajkó - Cigány az ürben

2018, Balázs Lengyel, Hungary, 90 min.
Tamás Keresztes, József Gyabronka

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 23rd 8:30pm
  • Thu, Mar 28th 8:15pm

This unruly Cold War comedy leaves political correctness in the dust as its hero, a Hungarian gypsy crop-duster pilot named Lajkó (Keresztes), reaches for the stars. From scatological humor (a rocket-propelled outhouse blasting off with Lajkó’s unlucky mother in driver’s seat, so to speak) to sex jokes and black humor (bushy-eyebrowed Leonid Brezhnev on the make amid a pack of elderly generals and a hick-town commissar), this is a knee-slapper with a bitter satirical undercurrent. Obsessed with space flight since childhood, Lajkó gets his wish when his torture by Russian agents reveals a high tolerance for pain. Sent to the space program, he discovers that he and his fellow astronaut trainees, including Helga, an ex-Nazi who hates gypsies, were selected because they are expendable. No test candidate has survived the ordeal so far. Lajkó plans to beat the odds with the help of his mother’s ghost up in the sky, but the Russians have other plans for the official honor of first man in space. In Hungarian, Russian, and German with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of HNFF World Sales. (BS)

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