George Szirtes presents László Krasznahorkai's Werckmeister Harmonies

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Join us for a screening of Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, Agnes Hranitzky, 2000).

Written by our Author of the Month for July László Krasznahorkai, from his own novel The Melancholy of Resistance, the film will be introduced by Krasznahorkai's translator, the poet George Szirtes.

A Sight & Sound Film of the Decade:

'[Tarr] represents a hardline belief in a cinema of patience and severity, of tableaux and long takes, in some ways echoing that of his countryman Miklós Jancsó… As a metaphysical horror story, Werckmeister Harmonies deserves to be Tarr’s breakthrough with a cult audience, especially since its atmosphere bears comparison with early David Lynch. The hermetic world Tarr creates is ineffably mysterious, yet the film’s representation is rooted in a scrupulously mundane naturalism… The enigmatic harmonic preoccupations alluded to in the title suggest that this film – rich in movement, low on dialogue – aspires, as the old phrase has it, to the condition of music. But Tarr’s true achievement is to attain the condition of silence, and of bottomless, awesomely inscrutable nightmare.' - Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound April 2003

Running time: 2hrs 25mins. Ticket price includes refreshments.