Cast: Erika Bo?kMiha?ly Vig, Dr. Putyi Horva?th, Miklo?s B. Sze?kely
Studio: Arbelos Films
Catalog #: AR0004BD
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Picture Format:High Definition 1080p 1.66:1
Audio Format:Dolby Digital Mono
One of the greatest achievements in recent art house cinema and a seminal work of “slow cinema,” Sátántangó, based on the novel by László Krasznahorkai, follows the members of a humble agricultural community living in a bleak and punishing backwater after the fall of Communism. As a few of the villagers secretly conspire to take off with all of the community's annual earnings for themselves, a mysterious messiah, long thought dead, returns to the village and alters the course of everyone’s lives forever.
Shot in stunning black-and-white by Gábor Medvigy and filled with exquisitely composed long takes, Sátántangó unfolds in twelve distinct movements, alternating forwards and backwards in time, echoing the structure of a tango dance. Béla Tarr’s vision, aided by longtime partner and collaborator Ágnes Hranitzky, is enthralling and his portrayal of rural Hungary beset by drunken revelry, treachery, and near-perpetual rainfall is both transfixing and uncompromising. Sátántangó has been justly lauded by critics and audiences as a masterpiece and has been restored on occasion of its 25th anniversary.
- New 4K restoraiton from the original negative and
sound materials // New video interview “A Sense of Rhythm” with composer
and actor Mihály Víg - New video essay “Orders of
Time in Motion” by Kevin B. Lee // 2007 archival interview with director
Béla Tarr - U.S. Theatrical Trailer -
New English subtitle translation - New essay “How to
Watch Sátántangó” by Janice Lee and Jared Woodland.
#36 on the Sight & Sound - British Film Institute’s
Critic’s Poll of the 100 Greatest Films Ever Made.
[Be?la Tarr is]one of cinema’s most adventurous artists, and
his films, like Sa?ta?ntango? and The Turin Horse are truly experiences
that you absorb, and that keep developing in the mind.” - Martin
“Never less than mesmerizing...”- New York Times
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