Damnation (1986)

  • Revivals
  • 1h 56m
  • Hungary
Last Chance to Rent Sep 25, 8:00 PM ET

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A key turning point in Béla Tarr’s career, the first of the director’s six collaborations with novelist László Krasznahorkai signaled a visible shift away from the verité realism of his early features and toward the highly stylized, black-and-white otherworldliness that would become his signature. The story is a kind of desiccated film noir, focusing on the efforts of a dour loner, Karrer (Miklós Székely B.), to steal back his estranged lover—a lounge singer (Vali Kerekes) in a funereal bar named Titanik—from her debt-addled husband. Karrer lures the husband into a smuggling scheme that will force him to leave town, but these well-laid plans soon go awry, and the characters play out their doomed destiny through enveloping layers of rain, shadow, and despair. An Arbelos Films release. New 4K restoration by the Hungarian National Film Institute – Film Archive.

Director

Béla Tarr

Language

Hungarian

Subtitles

English

Bonus Content

1m
58th New York Film Festival Trailer

Preview 25 days of the best in world cinema.

5m
Damnation Intro

An introduction by Dan Sullivan.

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