Film screening with live score: Digital in Berlin present Béla Tarr's cinematic masterpiece Sátántangó as intended, without breaks or intermission, in the digitally remastered 4K version (Hungarian with English subtitles). Together with original composer and lead actor Mihály Víg, 5 musicians, specially commissioned to reimagine the cinematic score of the 7-hour magnum opus, will perform it live at Betonhalle.
Hungarian director Béla Tarr is one of the most outstanding filmmakers of modern cinema. His Sátántangó is considered by many critics to be among the most important works in film history, with Susan Sontag once proclaiming that she would be “glad to see it every year for the rest of [her] life”, while Gus Van Sant said of the director: “He is one of the few genuinely visionary filmmakers“.
Sátántangó is being restored in 4K from the original 35mm camera negative. The seldom screened, absurdist dystopia is based on a novel by László Krasznahorkai, considered to be the most important living Hungarian author and is the first one to received the Man Booker International Prize. Divided into 12 distinct episodes, Sátántangó weaves in and out of the lives of the locals as the silver-tongued Irimiás promises a bright future in a new promised land.
The dark, windowless Betonhalle is the ideal place to immerse oneself undisturbed in the dramatic world of Béla Tarr. Guests are invited to move freely as the film's long, captivating sequences and live music cast a hypnotic spell over them in endless constellations of sound, volume and intensity. Once inside, space and time collapse into a singular experience, a sanctuary, oblivious to outside interference, a reality unto itself.
Line-up: Mihály Vig, Shed (René Pawlowitz), KMRU, Elena Kakaliagou, Martina Bertoni, and Grischa Lichtenberger
Friday, March 31 + Saturday, April 1
Doors: 7 pm / Start: 8 pm