This story takes place in a small town on the Hungarian Plain. In a provincial town, which is surrounded with nothing else but frost. It is bitterly cold weather — without snow. Even in this bewildered cold hundreds of people are standing around the circus tent, which is put up in the main square, to see — as the outcome of their wait — the chief attraction, the stuffed carcass of a real whale. The people are coming from everywhere. From the neighboring settlings, even from quite far away parts of the country. They are following this clumsy monster as a dumb, faceless, rag-wearing crowd. This strange state of affairs — the appearance of the foreigners, the extreme frost — disturbs the order of the small town. Ambitious personages of the story feel they can take advantage of this situation. The tension growing to the unbearable is brought to explosion by the figure of the Prince, who is pretending facelessness. Even his mere appearance is enough to break loose destructive emotions...

  1. László Krasznahorkai

    Author, Writer

  2. Béla Tarr


Top Billed Cast

  1. Lars Rudolph

    Lars Rudolph

    János Valuska

  2. Peter Fitz

    Peter Fitz

    György Eszter

  3. Hanna Schygulla

    Hanna Schygulla

    Tünde Eszter

  4. Alfréd Járai

    Lajos Harrer

  5. Gyula Pauer

    Gyula Pauer

    Mr. Hagelmayer

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Werckmeister Harmonies
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Original Title Werckmeister harmóniák

Status Released

Release Information

  • July 12, 2000


Original Language Hungarian

Runtime 2h 19m

Budget -

Revenue $25,461.00



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