Béla Tarr | Hungary/France/Germany/Switzerland | 2011 | 155mins | János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos Auteur
Auteur Béla Tarr’s immersive, fascinating last film (Sátántangó, Werckmeister Harmonies) is centred around philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s reputed mental breakdown in 1889 in Turin.
Infirm and elderly, Tarr follows a man living with his daughter in a remote farm on the Hungarian plains, fending for themselves in a definitively bleak landscape and visited by odd travellers. Elegiac and lucid, it seems to be a commentary on the universe’s indifference to man. And – as a work of great depth and spiritual substance – it’s a high note for the visionary filmmaker to end his career on.
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Subtitled screening- Hungarian/German with English Subtitles