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Béla Tarr is one of the world's great visionary filmmakers -- the director of Damnation, Werckmeister Harmonies and the legendary epic Sátántangó. Much honored at film festivals across the world, recipient of numerous awards, named "European Director of the Year," he is an innovator of film language and called "one of the most celebrated auteurs in world cinema." In a now-famous quote, the late Susan Sontag said Tarr's Sátántangó is "Devastating, enthralling for every minute of its seven hours. I'd be glad to see it every year for the rest of my life."
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 12 pm
CFCA Award Best Foreign Language Film Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
Film Critics Award & László B. Nagy Award Hungarian Film Critics Awards
"Tarr's true achievement is to attain the condition of silence, and of bottomless, awesomely inscrutable nightmare." -BFI/Sight and Sound
"This is as challenging as movies come, alluding to everything from philosopher Thomas Hobbes to the history of Western music." -Christian Science Monitor
"A stunning feature" -Variety
"A work of bravura filmmaking" -Village Voice
"If genius is close to madness, then Tarr's genius - because genius has to be what it is - is closer to autism, a kind of untrained savant touch for compelling imagery." -Guardian Unlimited
"If you have not walked out after 20 or 30 minutes, you will thereafter not be able to move from your seat." -Roger Ebert
"A melancholy meditation on social disorder and senseless violence...Tarr creates a powerful tension between the camera's quest for unity and scenes of disorder, the camera seeking balance where there is none." -Chicago Reader
"Tarr belongs to the cinematic tradition of Luis Buñuel and Werner Herzog, in that he twists reality into impressionism...Werckmeister's standout moments are searing like few others in film history." -The Onion
In a remote Hungarian town all order, meaning and reason are about to break down; for reasons left unexplained, people no longer ask why, or where, but merely wonder when. At the village center a mob has gathered, awaiting the appearance of a rabble-rouser called "the Prince". Tarr's camera (with minutely observed detail) presents a society poised between civility and barbarism, only steps away from either inertia or apocalypse, in a film that only has 39 shots.
Directed by Béla Tarr, 2001, 35mm, 145 min. In Hungarian and German with English subtitles.
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SYMPOSIUM: BÉLA TARR
Béla Tarr in person!
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3 pm
"Conceivably the most important Eastern European filmmaker currently at work" -Chicago Reader
Three of cinema's sharpest minds come together for an exclusive encounter with one of the world's greatest visionary filmmakers, Béla Tarr. Participating in the symposium are: David Bordwell, film theorist, historian professor and author of Ozu, Poetics of Cinema and The Way Hollywood Tells It; Scott Foundas, film editor of L.A. Weekly, contributor for Variety and member of the selection committee of the New York Film Festival; and Chicago Reader film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who authored Essential Cinema, Placing Movies and Discovering Orson Wells. Moderated by Susan Doll, Ph.D., the discussion will cover the central themes and concerns of Béla Tarr's unique body of work from such films as Family Nest, the epic Sátántangó and his most recent work The Man From London.