Werckmeister Harmonies

Werckmeister Harmonies

Hungary | 2000 | 145 min. | Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky

June 2 - 14, 2023

One of the major achievements of twenty-first-century cinema thus far, Béla Tarr’s mesmeric parable of societal collapse is an enigma of transcendent visual, philosophical, and mystical resonance. New 4k restoration.

Adapted from a novel by the celebrated writer and frequent Tarr collaborator László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies unfolds in an unknown era in an unnamed village, where, one day, a mysterious circus—complete with an enormous stuffed whale and a shadowy, demagogue-like figure known as the Prince—arrives and appears to awaken a kind of madness in the citizens, which builds inexorably toward violence and destruction. In thirty-nine of his signature long takes, engraved in ghostly black and white, Tarr conjures an apocalyptic vision of dreamlike dread and fathomless beauty.

  • Director: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
  • Principal Cast: Lars Rudolph, Hanna Schygulla, Peter Fitz, János Derzsi
  • Country: Hungary
  • Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 145 min.
  • Producer: Franz Goëss, Paul Saadoun, Miklós Szita, Joachim von Vietinghoff
  • Screenplay: Béla Tarr
  • Editors: Ágnes Hranitzky
  • Music: Mihály Vig
  • Language: Hungarian, Slovak
  • Has Subtitles: Yes