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Satantango - 25th Anniversary Restoration!

Béla Tarr

Drama, Foreign

HungarianEnglish SubtitlesHungary1994439 minWebsiteDCP


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MUST END Thursday, December 5!
25th Anniversary Restoration! The complete 7 hour and 19 minute masterpiece, presented once daily with two twenty-minute intermissions (Complete runtime of 8 hours)

One of the greatest achievements in recent art house cinema and a seminal work of “slow cinema,” Sátántangó, based on the book by László Krasznahorkai, follows members of a small, defunct agricultural collective living in a post-apocalyptic landscape after the fall of Communism who, on the heels of a large financial windfall, set out to leave their village. As a few of the villagers secretly conspire to take off with all of the earnings for themselves, a mysterious character, long thought dead, returns to the village, altering the course of everyone’s lives forever.
Shot in stunning black-and-white by Gábor Medvigy and filled with exquisitely composed and lyrical long takes, Sátántangó unfolds in twelve distinct movements, alternating forwards and backwards in time, echoing the structure of a tango dance. Tarr’s vision, aided by longtime partner and collaborator Ágnes Hranitzky, is enthralling and his portrayal of a rural Hungary beset by boozy dance parties, treachery, and near-perpetual rainfall is both transfixing and uncompromising. Sátántangó has been justly lauded by critics and audiences as a masterpiece and inspired none other than Susan Sontag to proclaim that she would be “glad to see it every year for the rest of [her] life”.
Sátántangó is being restored in 4K from the original 35mm camera negative by Arbelos in collaboration with The Hungarian Filmlab.
#36 on the Sight & Sound / BFI’s Critic’s Poll of the 100 Greatest Films Ever Made.

Cinematographer: Gábor Medvigy | Screenwriter: László Krasznahorkai, Béla Tarr
Cast: Mihály Vig, Putyi Horváth, László feLugossy
Additional Countries: Germany, Switzerland