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The extraordinary Hungarian director Bela Tarr is one of the worlds most original and accalimed contemporary filmakers. In a body of work concerned with metaphysical explorations of the human condition, he has created an uncompromising, innovative and utterley engrossing cinematic world.
In a small Hungarian town lives Karrer, a listless and brooding man who has almost completely withdrawn from the world, but for an obsession with a singer in the bar he frequents. Tarr's immaculately photographed and composed film is about eternal conflict: the centuries-old struggle between barbarism and civilization.
Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister Harmoníak):
The population of a provincial town on the Hungarian plains await the arrival of a circus that features the stuffed carcass of a whale and a mysterious Prince. Its appearance disturbs the order of the small town, unleashing a torrent of violence and beauty.
The Man From London (A Londoni Férfi):
When a withdrawn and reclusive railway signalman witnesses a murder, his life is transformed and he is forced to confront issues of morality, sin, punishment and the line between innocence and complicity. Based on a novel by thriller writer Georges Simenon, this hypnotic film bears all the distinctive trademarks of Tarr's universe.