Director: Béla Tarr

Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, comedy, drama, 435 min., 1994, lithuanian and english subtitles
Unnamed characters of the story live in an abandoned agricultural machinery plant. They have lost all the values that could help them give reason for their existence. There is only one desire that can break them free from this feeling of annihilation – the desire to escape. Each one of them tries to create their petty plans to get out but their fatal lack of self-confidence makes them incapable of fulfilling the plans. What they are all really waiting for is a Messiah who would not only absolve them from their sins, but would lead them out of their miserable everyday life and save them from this pouring sea of mud that engulfs everything. Their wait is not in vain...
“Satantango” is a fascinating seven-hour black comedy, about the last gasps of Communism in Hungary.

1994 – Caligari Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, Forum of New Cinema, Germany.
1994 – Age d’Or at the Brussels International Film Festival, Belgium.
1994 – Special Prize at the Budapest Hungarian Film Week.

Section: Béla Tarr film retrospective

Screenplay: László Krasznahorkai, Béla Tarr

Dir. of Photography: Gábor Medvigy

Music: Mihály Vig

Cast: 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