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WATCH FROM HOME—Sátántangó

New Digital Restoration

featuring

Mihály Víg, Putyi Horváth, Erika Bók, Jànos Derzsi,

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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, Sátántangó certainly boasts a gallows flair for the comedic), makes it not so much a film as a place to visit, or stay.

Sátántangó has been restored from the original 35mm camera negative by Arbelos Films, in collaboration with The Hungarian Filmlab. Please note: The film contains a scene of cruelty to animals that some may find difficult viewing.

Jason Sanders
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Béla Tarr
  • László Krasznahorkai
Based On
  • the novel by László Krasznahorkai

Cinematographer
  • Gábor Medvigy
Language
  • Hungarian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • Digital
  • 439 mins
Source
  • Arbelos Films