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Bela Tarr follows up on his seven-hour epic Satantango, considered by some critics as one of the finest films of the 1990s, with this elegant, haunting work about the cycles of violence that have dogged Eastern European history. Jancos (Lars Rudolph) is a wide-eyed innocent who works as an occasional postal worker and as a caretaker for Mr. Ezster (Peter Fitz). An outsider and a visionary, he marvels at the miracles of creation, from the planets rotating in the heavens to the sundry animals on earth. One day, a circus featuring jars full of medical anomalies and a massive dead whale entombed in a corrugated metal trailer visits Jancos' economically depressed village. Another more sinister attraction is a shadowy figure dubbed "The Prince," whose nihilist rants incite the town's disaffected to riot. Not long afterwards, Mrs. Ezster (Hanna Schygulla) cajoles her estranged husband to join a citizen's action group against the circus, threatening to move back into his house if he doesn't play along. Tension in the town builds until, after one of The Prince's hate-filled speeches, throngs of angry men with blunt instruments ransack and brutalize a men's hospital ward. When the dust clears, lives are irrevocably changed. This film was screened at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cast

Lars Rudolph
as János Valuska
Peter Fitz
as György Eszter
Hanna Schygulla
as Tünde Eszter
Janos Derzsi
as man in broad-cloth coat
Kati Lazar
as sorter
Matyas Drafi
as man in fur-cap
Peter Haumann
as Gyorgy Eszter (Voice)
Peter Magyar
Putyi Horvath
as porter
Barna Mihok
as coachman
Agnes Kamondy
Tibor Komaromi
Péter Dobai
as chief constable
Eniko Borcsok
Ferenc Kallai
as director
Geza Balkay
Gyorgy Barko
as Mr. Nabadán
Gyula Pauer
as Mr. Hagelmayer
Andras Fekete
as Mr. Árgyelán

Crew

Béla Tarr
Director
Paul Saadoun
Producer
Joachim von Vietinghoff
Producer
Béla Tarr
Screenwriter
László Krasznahorkai
Book Author
László Krasznahorkai
Screenwriter
Joerg Widmer
Cinematographer
Rob Tregenza
Cinematographer
Patrick De Ranter
Cinematographer
Gábor Medvigy
Cinematographer
Ágnes Hranitzky
Editor
Béla Tarr
Associate Producer
János Breckl
Costume Designer
Gyorgy Kovacs
Sound/Sound Designer
Gyula Pauer
Consultant/advisor
Lars Rudolph
Collaborator
Judit Propper
Collaborator
Sandor Matrai
Collaborator
Tamas Krausz
Collaborator
Roland Vranik
Personal Assistant
Péter Dobai
Collaborator
Csaba Csuti
Collaborator
Zsuzsa Pellei
Collaborator
Magdi Kondorosi
Collaborator
Gyorgy Feher
Collaborator
Andras Kassai
Collaborator
Csaba Bankhardt
Collaborator
Tibor Putnoki
Collaborator
Sandor Kallay
Collaborator
Csaba Bagossy
Collaborator
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