Archive of films Satantango / Sátántangó

Hungary / Switzerland / Germany
1994, 450 min

Section: Out of the Past
Year: 2019

With a running time of seven and a half hours, this magnum opus by the Hungarian legend of spiritual cinema Béla Tarr depicts the autumn return of a false prophet to an impoverished village in the Hungarian puszta. Twenty-five years since its premiere, this masterful work of modern cinema will be screened in a restored and digitalized 4K version.


At its core the black-and-white, formally radical Satantango is a straightforward tale: two false messiahs and secret police collaborators rob the residents of an impoverished village in a despicable manner – by convincing them that losing their modest possessions will help them lead a better life. Hungarian maverick Béla Tarr’s imposing seven-and-a-half-hour magnum opus uses stunningly composed long takes that vividly depict various forms of human decline and amplify the sense that fulfilling one’s fate is inevitable. Susan Sontag best described this masterful work of modern cinema when she called it “devastating, enthralling for every minute of its seven hours. I’d be glad to see it every year for the rest of my life.”

Aleš Stuchlý

About the director

Béla Tarr

Béla Tarr (b. 1955, Pécs, Hungary). Selected filmography: Almanac of Fall (Öszi almanach, 1985), Damnation (Kárhozat, 1988), Satantango (Sátántangó, 1994), Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister harmóniák, 2000), The Man from London (A londoni férfi, 2007), The Turin Horse (A tórinoi ló, 2011)


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About the film

Black & white, DCP

Section: Out of the Past
Director: Béla Tarr
Screenplay: Béla Tarr
Dir. of Photography: Gábor Medvigy
Music: Mihály Vig
Editor: Ágnes Hranitzky
Producer: György Fehér
Production: Mozgókép Innovációs Társulás és Alapítvány
Coproduction: Vega Film, Television Suisse Romande
Cast: Mihály Vig, Putyi Horváth, János Derzsi

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