Bela Tarr’s acclaimed European epic follows the members of a small, defunct agricultural collective living in a post-apocalyptic landscape after the fall of Communism. This small band of villagers will do anything they can to leave the place, and, on the heels of a large financial windfall, set out to do exactly that. As a few of the villagers secretly conspire to take off with all of the earnings for themselves, a mysterious character, long thought dead, returns to the village, altering the course of everyone’s lives forever.
Shot in stunning black-and-white 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. Tarr’s enthralling vision and his portrayal of a rural Hungary best by boozy dance parties, treachery, and near-perpetual rainfall is both transfixing and uncompromising. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Not Rated. Director: Bela Tarr (Hungary/Germany/Switzerland 1994) 450 min