New 4K Re-release Trailer For Béla Tarr’s “Werckmeister Harmonies”
by Alex Billington
May 6, 2023
“We’re not going anywhere. Not now or later.” Janus Films has unveiled a new official trailer for a 4K restoration re-release of a 2000 film titled Harmonies Werckmeister, which made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight section. This new 4K version premiered last year at the Golden Horse Film Festivals in Toronto and Taipei, and will be shown in select arthouses, starting with Film at Lincoln Center in New York. . Worth going to the cinema if you have the chance. “Béla Tarr’s haunting parable of the collapse of society is an enigma of transcendent visual, philosophical and mystical resonance.” In this film, a young man witnesses an escalation of violence in his small hometown following the arrival of a mysterious circus attraction – starring a huge stuffed whale and a strange man known as of “the Prince”. movie stars Sandor Bese, Lars Rodolphe, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla, as well as many other inhabitants. The title refers to the Baroque music theorist Andreas Werckmeister. György Eszter, a major character in the story, gives a monologue proposing a theory that Werckmeister’s harmonic principles are responsible for aesthetic and philosophical problems in all music since, and must be undone by a new tuning theory and of harmony.
Here is the new 4K restoration trailer for Tarr & Hranitzky Harmonies Werckmeisterfrom YouTube:
One of the defining achievements of 21st century cinema to date, Béla Tarr’s haunting parable of the collapse of society is an enigma of transcendent visual, philosophical and mystical resonance. Adapted from a novel by famed writer and frequent Tarr collaborator László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies is set in an unknown time in an unnamed village, where one day a mysterious circus, complete with a huge stuffed whale and a dark, demagogue known as the Prince – arrives and seems to awaken a kind of madness in the citizens, which drives inexorably towards violence and destruction. In 39 of his long shots, etched in ghostly black and white, Tarr conjures up an apocalyptic vision of dreamlike terror and unfathomable beauty. Harmonies WerckmeisterOr Werckmeister Harmoniakis co-directed by Hungarian filmmakers Bela Tarr (The Prefab People, Damnation, Satantango, The Man from London, The Turin Horse) & Agnes Hranitzky (The Man from London, The Horse from Turin). This first premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival in the side section of Directors’ Fortnight, then in US theaters at the end of 2001. Janus Films will re-release Harmonies Werckmeister in 4K in certain American cinemas (Lincoln Center in New York initially) from May 26, 2023 this month. For more information, visit their official website.
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