25th Anniversary 4K Restoration
One of the greatest achievements in art house cinema and a seminal work of “slow cinema,” Sátántangó, based on the book by László Krasznahorkai, follows members of a defunct agricultural collective living in a seemingly post-apocalyptic landscape in the long shadow 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 messianic 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. Renown auteur Béla Tarr’s vision, aided by longtime collaborator Ágnes Hranitzky, is wholly unique and his portrayal of a rural Hungary beset by nihilist revelry, treachery, and tragedy 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”.
#36 on the Sight & Sound / British Film Institute’s Critic’s Poll of the 100 Greatest Films Ever Made.
“A Genuine Masterpiece” – Cahier du Cinema
“Never less than mesmerizing…” – New York Times
“His magnum opus… Tarr’s imaginative universe is entirely his own” – The Guardian
“One of the few genuinely visionary filmmakers” – Gus Van Sant[Béla Tarr is]one of cinema’s most adventurous artists, and his films, like Sátántangó and The Turin Horse are truly experiences that you absorb, and that keep developing in the mind”. – Martin Scorsese
- 5/8 | 12:00AM