Hailed as visionary by the likes of Susan Sontag, Jim Jarmusch and Gus Van Sant, the films of Hungarian maestro Béla Tarr seem like the triumphant last breaths of a certain school of European cinematic modernism—a feeling only intensified by Tarr’s announcement that his latest film, the widely acclaimed The Turin Horse, will be his last. Indebted to Tarkovsky and his countryman Miklós Jancsó, Tarr began as a maker of piercing, social-realist dramas focused on the desperate lives of the proletariat class, before achieving auteur superstardom in the 1990s for a series of black-and-white, Communist-era allegories made in close partnership with novelist László Krasznahorkai (Damnation, Satantango, Werckmeister Harmonies). Each of the later films is marked by Tarr’s celebrated use of long, elaborately choreographed tracking shots in which camera and actors seem locked in a hypnotic dance—ravishing cinema that demands to be seen on the largest possible screens. Following his triumphant appearance at the 2011 New York Film Festival, we are pleased to present this rare “complete” retrospective of one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers, culminating in the U.S. theatrical premiere of The Turin Horse at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.
Don't miss the U.S. theatrical run of The Turin Horse, opening February 10 in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Tickets/info >>