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Aero Theatre | Introduction and Q&A with filmmaker Béla Tarr. Moderated by Scott Foundas.
West Coast Premiere of New 4K Restoration, courtesy of Janus Films.
‘Bleak Week: Cinema of Despair – Year Two’ and ‘Boundless Damnation: The Films of Béla Tarr’
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In Hungarian with English subtitles
One of the major achievements of twenty-first-century cinema thus far, Béla Tarr’s mesmeric parable of societal collapse is an enigma of transcendent visual, philosophical, and mystical resonance. Adapted from a novel by the celebrated writer and frequent Tarr collaborator László Krasznahorkai, WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES unfolds in an unknown era in an unnamed village, where, one day, a mysterious circus—complete with an enormous stuffed whale and a shadowy, demagogue-like figure known as the Prince—arrives and appears to awaken a kind of madness in the citizens, which builds inexorably toward violence and destruction. In thirty-nine of his signature long takes, engraved in ghostly black and white, Tarr conjures an apocalyptic vision of dreamlike dread and fathomless beauty.
The 4K digital restoration using the original image and sound negative was carried out by the National Film Institute Hungary and Cinegrell, in 2022, in the frame of the “Long-term restoration programme of the Hungarian film heritage.
DISTRIBUTOR: Janus Films
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