Directed by Béla Tarr (Hungary, 1994, 450 min.). Digital.
Adapted from a novel by László Krasznahorkai, Bela Tarr’s masterpiece, Satantango, is a truly unique experience contained in one episodic film. Inhabitants of a small village in Hungary are suffering through the effects of the fall of Communism. The town’s major source of revenue, a factory, has closed, and the locals, including a doctor (Putyi Horváth) and three couples, await a cash payment offered in the wake of the shuttering. Irimias (Mihály Vig), a villager thought to be dead, returns and, unbeknownst to the locals, is a police informant. In a scheme, he persuades the villagers to form a commune with him.
Sumptuous cinematography combined with a subtle yet intentionally escalating rhythm creates an atmosphere where time quietly dissolves unnoticed, offering an opportunity for reflection and meaning in an otherwise hustle-and-bustle world. Satantango is considered one of the greatest films of all time.
Screenings include two 15 minute intermissions.
With English subtitles