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25 April 2020: Sátántangó

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Sátántangó
Béla Tarr, 1994, 432 min
Hungarian with English subtitles

Screening with two intervals

Béla Tarr’s seven-and-a-half-hour opus of melancholia was hailed as one of the most important films of the 1990s – and as a definitive statement on the end of communism, an interim report on the state of humanity, and a prayer call for a society on the edge of collapse. The members of a rural farm collective eke out their days through a series of failed hopes, unsuccessful relationships, and all-too-successful drinking binges, often helplessly sharing screen time (and importance) with the various dog packs, cow herds, and cats that wander through the rain-drenched landscape. The film is divided into twelve chapters, and each episode, its camerawork and score, mimics the hypnotic languor of a tango: a slow step forward, a slow step back, then repeated, merging image and sound into a visual chant. Tarr’s mesmerizing recreation of an entire world, complete with all of this world’s poetry, despair, horror, and humor (even amid the ennui, Satantango certainly boasts a gallows flair for the comedic), makes it not so much a film as a place to visit, or stay.” – Jason Sanders

Please note: The film contains a scene of cruelty to animals that some may find difficult viewing.


Restored in 4K from the original 35mm camera negative by Arbelos in collaboration with The Hungarian Filmlab.

Screening as part of our essential cinema series.

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