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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
THE MAN FROM LONDON (A Londoni férfi)
Golden Palm Cannes Film Fest
"Unsettling, sometimes absurd, sometimes stunning... an arresting nightmare" -Guardian UK
"Contains many moments of sublime cinematic choreography" -TimeOut London
"Bela Tarr mesmerizes... Thanks to the sinuous music by Mihaly Vig and entrancing cinematography of Fred Kelemen, this...is a rewarding experience" -Chicago Sun-Times
Recommended! "It's a film about looking and listening, with a suggestive minimalist soundtrack and ravishing black-and-white cinematography... Tarr's slow-as-molasses camera movements and endlessly protracted takes generate a trancelike sense of wonder" -Chicago Reader
Despite its troublesome and lengthy production history, Hungarian master auteur Béla Tarr's newest film, The Man From London, is another work of elegant despair. He enters the world of film noir in this adaptation of a Belgium crime novel by Georges Simenon, which explores what happens when one night Maloin (Miroslav Krobot) really believes that his ship has come in. He is a night shift signal controller at a seaport who witnesses the disposal of a suitcase of stolen money, and decides to retrieve it. Will he be able to get away with the crime? The plot tightens as the "man from London" plays his hand and a police inspector is determined to solve this mystery with dogged pursuit. There really is not much more to the story than that, but the director's use of off-screen space, of elegant tracking shots and also his ability to use performers less for how they perform than how he chooses to shoot them, gives the film its hypnotic power. Tarr (Sátántangó, Werckmeister Harmonies) once again works his magic at a glacial pace that devastatingly plunges the audience into bleak emotional despair, while forensically examining the human desires of greed and unrealistic hope while building an epic of poetic miserablism. With Tilda Swinton.
Directed by Béla Tarr, France/Germany/Hungary, 2007, 35mm, 135 mins. In French with English subtitles.