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