This November Digital in Berlin will present Béla Tarr’s magnum opus Sátántangó as intended, without breaks or intermission, in the new digitally remastered 4K version. Under the direction of composer and lead actor Mihály Víg, ten artists, specially commissioned to reimagine the cinematic score of the seven hour masterpiece, and perform it continuously in the dystopian halls of Berghain. 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.
Hungarian film 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.
Susan Sontag once proclaimed that she would be “glad to see it every year for the rest of [her] life”. 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.
The audience are invited to move freely throughout the screening, as it resonates in and around every nook and niche of the historic space, offering endless constellations of sound, volume and intensity, and so endless ways to capture each moment, each shot, each note, each scene. Once inside, space and time collapse into a singular experience, a sanctuary, oblivious to outside interference, a reality unto itself.
“[Béla Tarr is] one of cinema’s most adventurous artists, and his films, like Sátántangó and The Turin Horse are truly experiences that you absorb, and that keep developing in the mind” – Martin Scorsese
Tarr has a longstanding and profound relationship with Berlin: many of his films have been shown and premiered here, including ‘The Turin Horse’ (2011), his last feature film to date. In 1989/1990 Tarr spent several months in Berlin as a scholarship holder of the DAAD’s Berlin Artists-in-Residence programme. Between 1990 and 2011 he was professor at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin.
Tickets will be available by end of April 2021. Further details about the artists and timetable will be announced by end of May 2021.