“A seven-hour epic offering a near-definitive statement about the end of Communism in Eastern Europe, this mordant and grungy black comedy by Hungarian director Bela Tarr restricts its focus to the intrigues, betrayals, boozy revels and readjustments made by several members of a farming collective after their squalid but relatively secure form of life collapses. Employing a virtuoso, choreographed black and white camera style suggesting despiritualized Tarkovsky, shot through with apocalyptic gallows humor, and beautifully as well as slyly structured as narrative, this stunning masterpiece paradoxically proves that Hungarian cinema is alive and well – and, in Tarr's hands, frighteningly lucid.”
– Film Society of the Lincoln Center, 1996
The film will be screened with 2 scheduled breaks: a 15-minute intermission and an hour-long break.
(Bela Tarr, 1995, 35mm, 7 hrs, 20 min)