Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr's seven-hour, black-and-white epic based on the novel by Laszlo Karsznahorkai took two years to film. The complex story follows a group of people living in a dilapidated village in post-communist Hungary. Tarr examines their standstill lives through a series of episodes told from each person's point-of-view. Winner of the Caligari Film Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize Special Mention at the 1994 Berlin International Film Festival. In Hungarian with optional English subtitles.
...a dark, funny apocalyptic allegory...that stimulates, irritates, soothes and startles with blinding strokes of genius.... --Variety
Devastating, enthralling for every minute of its seven hours. I'd be glad to see it every year for the rest of my life. --Susan Sontag
I had this inspirational moment while I was watching Bela Tarr's Satantango... I started to feel like I was watching something that was made before D.W. Griffith. --Gus Van Zant