Satantango
(Sátántangó)

feature, 35mm, 435 minutes, 1:1.66

PREMIER (HUNGARY): 1994.

The characters of the story live in an abandoned agricultural machinery plant disclosed from any production. They have lost all their values that could help them determine their reason of existence � everything has dissolved in time, in the periodical change of seasons � slowly they themselves become part of this decadence. There is only one desire that can break trough this feeling of annihilating abandonment: the desire to run away, getting stronger and stronger. Each one of them tries to create their petty plan to escape, naturally at the expense of the others, nurturing the illusion that robbing or betraying another will be the solution to their future. A sign of their fatal lack of self-confidence is that they are unsure even about these lowly plans, and they are incapable of fulfilling them. What they are all really waiting for is a Messiah who would lead them out of their miserable everyday life and save them from this pouring rain sea of mud that engulfs everything, someone who would absolve them from their sins.

Creators

Béla Tarr Director
Béla Tarr, László Krasznahorkai Screenplay
László Krasznahorkai Writer
Gábor Medvigy Director of photography
Ágnes Hranitzky Editor
Mihály Víg Music
György Kovács Sound
Sándor Kállay Visual design
Gyula Pauer, János Breckl Costumes
Tibor Dimény, Ernő Mihály, Gábor Koncz Production manager
Ruth Waldburger, György Fehér, Joachim Von Vietinghoff Producer
M.I.T., Von Vietinghoff Filmproduktion / DE, Vega Film AG (Zürich) Production company
Mihály Víg, Putyi Horváth Dr., Peter Berling, Barna Mihók, Éva Almási Albert, Alfréd Járai, Erika Bók, Miklós Székely B., János Derzsi, László feLugossy, Erzsébet Gaál, Irén Szajki Cast

Awards

Berlin International Film Festival - Forum of New Cinema - 1994 Caligari Prize
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 1994 Special Prize
Brussels L’Age d’Or - 1994 Age d'Or Prize

Festivals

New York Film Festival - 1994
Chicago International Film Festival - 1994
Toronto International Film Festival - 1995
Tokyo International Film Festival - 1995
Săo Paulo International Film Festival - 1994
San Francisco International Film Festival - 1996
Hong Kong International Film Festival - 1995
Auckland International Film Festival - 1995
Yamagata International Documentum Film Festival - 1995
Split Film Festival - 1996
Taormina Film Festival - 1994
Göteborg International Film Festival - 1995
Auckland-Wellington New Zealand IFF - 1995
Olympia International Film Festival - 1997
Toronto International Film Festival - 1994
Istanbul International Film Festival - 1996
Würzburg Film Weekend - 1995
Torino Film Festival - 1994
San Francisco International Film Festival - 1995
Locarno International Film Festival - 1994
Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival - 2019

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