Part of Weekend Classics.
Sun, Nov 17, 12:00pm: Introduction from Alex Dubilet, senior lecturer in English and political science at Vanderbilt University. BUY TICKETS
#36 on the Sight & Sound / BFI’s Critics’ Poll of the “100 Greatest Films Ever Made”
In a post-apocalyptic landscape after the fall of communism, members of a small, defunct agricultural collective set out to leave their commune on the heels of a large financial windfall. 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.
A seminal work of “slow cinema,” Béla Tarr’s stunning adaptation of SÁTÁNTANGÓ unfolds in 12 distinct movements, alternating forwards and backwards in time, echoing the structure of a tango. Susan Sontag best described this masterful work of modern cinema when she wrote: “...Devastating, enthralling for every minute of its seven hours. I’d be glad to see it every year for the rest of my life.”
4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative by Arbelos in collaboration with The Hungarian Filmlab. There will be two 10-minute intermissions during SÁTÁNTANGÓ.
“What’s black and white, speaks Hungarian, and is 37,204 feet long? Don’t look now, Nashville, but it will soon be in your midst. It is a phantom, a behemoth that only a comparative few have ever glimpsed. People have driven hours to see it and emerged half a day later from its company, changed. Some compare its effect to a drug. Others say it has the power to stop time. The harder it has been to see, the more its legend has grown. Spoken aloud, its name practically arrives in a clap of thunder: SÁTÁNTANGÓ!” —Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene (Dec 2006, when the Belcourt was the only city in the Southeast to screen SÁTÁNTANGÓ) “Considered one of the best films ever made...the wide-ranging study of life in a rural village (and then, later, out of that village) during the final days of communism is one of cinema’s most fascinating and immersive films.” —Kate Erbland, IndieWire “Every time I revisit it, I remember how engrossing and even accessible it is...the first moments of SÁTÁNTANGÓ always leave my jaw on the floor as I feel like I’m watching the impossible: a movie with a lived reality.” —Alex Lei, Film Inquiry “A film preceded by reputation…widely regarded as the retired Hungarian filmmaker’s most imposing artistic statement: an expansive, desolate mood piece that envelopes the viewer…it remains an indelible, searing cinematic meditation on human desperation.” —Greg Wetherall, Little White Lies
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