Béla Tarr’s Sátántangó
£15, £12 concessions
A Nos Amours, working with Scalarama, is delighted that Sátántangó will go on a tour of the UK, screening from 35mm in all venues:
Glasgow, Centre for Contemporary Art:
Sunday 14th September, 11am
Hyde Park Picturehouse, Leeds
Sunday 21st September, 11am
Saturday 27th September, 11am
With special thanks to Arva International, transporters of the print.
A Nos Amours and Scalarama are delighted to present Béla Tarr’s touchstone of durational cinema – Sátántangó.
This legendary film, running at 7 hours 12 minutes deals with the collapse of a collectivised Soviet-era farm in rural Hungary. There is the scent of money in the air, and, in chaotic and changeable times, a yearning for meaning and salvation. At such times it is inevitable that prophets and Messiahs will be longed and waited for. The question is whether they will be false prophets, or mere charlatans. In the chilly, bleak rotten world of Sátántangó , who will follow who, and why, are left wonderfully uncertain.
These are ordinary human concerns, but they it is the vastness of the landscape , the featureless plains and endless horizons, and a terrifying, unremitting wind from nowhere, and a rain that falls without end that threatens to wash away all human hope. Signature long takes, often as long as the 10 minutes that a roll of film allows, combined with astonishing camera choreography offers a sublime cinema experience.
To commit to Sátántangó is to commit to the unforgettable and life-changing: these are the outer limits of cinema.
"Devastating, enthralling for every minute of its seven hours. I'd be glad to see it every year for the rest of my life."
Directed by Béla Tarr
Based on the novel by László Krasznahorkai
Cast: Mihály Víg, Putyi Horváth, László Lugossy
Cinematography: Gábor Medvigy
Music: Mihály Víg
Hungary 1994, 432 mins, 35mm