MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK: Bela Tarr's "Satantango"

NOTE: This event is only for current Cinefamily members +1. As well, the entire event starts out with a potluck luncheon; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish. Impress us! To inquire about Cinefamily membership, click here!

12:00-12:30PM – potluck lunch
12:30-3:00PM-ish – Satantango, Part 1
3:00-3:30PM-ish – intermission
3:30-6:00PM-ish – Satantango, Part 2
6:00-6:30PM-ish – intermission
6:30-9:00PM-ish – Satantango, Part 3

“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

The word “masterpiece” is used often enough in our societal discourse to the point where it’s lost most of its meaning — but there are times when the word is not only appropriate, but necessary. On the surface, the very idea of Satantango’s formal conceit — an examination of the collapse of a rural farming collective, told over the course of a day-long running time, and filmed in nothing but long, unbroken takes that frequently last upwards of ten minutes — gives the impression of a difficult experience, but nothing can be further from the truth. This is not just the MASTERPIECE of Bela Tarr’s career, but one of the world’s greatest cinematic achievements: an effortless viewing experience that continually amazes throughout its epic running time. With the plot of a taut 72-minute noir elongated to seven hours, and told in an ever-unfolding Rashomon mode of Rubik’s Cube-like visual and narrative surprises, not one single moment or shot seems extraneous or out-of-place. Due to the prohibitive nature of screening a film at such a length, and since this 35mm print is soon leaving the country, this might be your only chance this decade to see it on the big screen. See it with us NOW — it will change you.
Dir. Bela Tarr, 1994, 35mm, 435 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Satantango”!