Agnes Hranitzky, Béla Tarr / HU, FR, DE, 2000 / 145 min.
Tarr demonstrates that the veneer of human civilization can be wafer-thin inWerckmeister harmóniák, in which a circus comes to a Hungarian provincial town. The locals come under the influence of a mysterious prince who drives the town into a collective frenzy of destruction.
The citizens gawp at the circus’ side-shows such as the mounted skeleton of a whale and a mysterious ‘Prince’ who tries to control them like a true demagogue. Some citizens fall under his spell, losing their grip on events, others try to make a quick buck in the ensuing chaos.
Agnes Hranitzky, Béla Tarr
HU, FR, DE
NLD or ENG