Sátántangó

Southwest Portland
When
Nov. 23–24, 2019
12:00pm
$9
Where
Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

The following description was submitted by the event organizer.

Directed by Béla TarrÁgnes Hranitzky
Hungary • 1994 • 439 mins • In Hungarian with English subtitles

One of the greatest achievements in recent art house cinema and a seminal work of “slow cinema,” Sátántangó, based on the book by László Krasznahorkai, follows members of a small, defunct agricultural collective living in a post-apocalyptic landscape after the fall of Communism who, on the heels of a large financial windfall, set out to leave their village. As a few of the villagers secretly conspire to take off with all of the earnings for themselves, a mysterious character, long thought dead, returns to the village, altering the course of everyone’s lives forever.

Shot in stunning black-and-white by Gábor Medvigy and filled with exquisitely composed and lyrical long takes, Sátántangó unfolds in twelve distinct movements, alternating forwards and backwards in time, echoing the structure of a tango dance. Tarr’s vision, aided by longtime partner and collaborator Ágnes Hranitzky, is enthralling and his portrayal of a rural Hungary beset by boozy dance parties, treachery and near-perpetual rainfall is both transfixing and uncompromising. Sátántangó has been justly lauded by critics and audiences as a masterpiece and inspired none other than Susan Sontag to proclaim that she would be “glad to see it every year for the rest of [her] life”.

Each screening of the full film will be split into three parts with breaks, as follows:

Chapters 1-3: 137 mins.
10-minute break
Chapters 4-6: 124 mins.
One-hour break
Chapters 7-12: 177 mins.

Upcoming Dates & Times

Nov. 23
12pm
Nov. 24
12pm