July 21–August 1, 2023

I See a Darkness: Béla Tarr & György Fehér

The magisterial, eerily apocalyptic films of slow cinema” godhead Béla Tarr have guaranteed the retired (though not inactive) Hungarian master a pantheonic place beside fellow movie metaphysicians like Tarkovsky, Angelopoulos, and Sokurov. Inglorious by comparison are the directorial works of collaborator György Fehér, a producer on Sátántangó and dialogue writer on Werckmeister Harmonies. His virtually forgotten debut feature Twilight, for which Tarr was a consultant, is as haunting as anything found in his countryman’s cast-iron oeuvre. Indeed, you’d be forgiven for thinking it is a Tarr picture, so kindred is its devotion to a Tarr-like coagulation of time and doomsday vision of humanity edging toward oblivion.

I See a Darkness” presents Fehér’s tremendous first film, never before released in North America, alongside Tarr’s aforementioned Werckmeister Harmonies, one of the milestones of modern cinema. Both arrive in stunning new restorations.

List of Programmed Films

Date Film Title Director(s) Year Country
2023-Jul Twilight György Fehér 1990 Hungary
2023-Jul Werckmeister Harmonies Béla Tarr . . . 2000 Hungary . . .