Biography

Béla Tarr (born July 21, 1955) is an acclaimed Hungarian film director. Much of his work is marked by philosophical elements and a pessimistic view of humanity. His films utilize unconventional storytelling methods, such as long takes and/or non-professional actors to achieve realism.

Debuting with his film Family Nest in 1979, Tarr underwent a period of what he refers to as "social cinema", aimed at telling mundane stories about ordinary people, often in the style of cinema vérité. Over the next decade, the cinematography of Tarr's films gradually changed; Damnation (1988) was shot with languid camera movement aimed at establishing ambience. It marked Tarr's earliest experimentation with philosophical themes, focused mostly on bleak and desolate representations of reality. Sátántangó (1994) and Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) continued this approach; both are considered by some critics to be among the greatest films ever made. Tarr would later compete in the 2007 Cannes Film Festival with his film The Man From London.

Frequent collaborators of Tarr include his wife Ágnes Hranitzky, novelist László Krasznahorkai, film composer Mihály Víg, cinematographer Fred Kelemen, and actress Erika Bók. After the release of his film The Turin Horse (2011), Tarr announced his definitive retirement from film direction. He has been teaching at the Sarajevo Film School since.

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Béla Tarr (born July 21, 1955) is an acclaimed Hungarian film director. Much of his work is marked by philosophical elements and a pessimistic view of humanity. His films utilize unconventional storytelling methods, such as long takes and/or non-professional actors to achieve realism.

Debuting with his film Family Nest in 1979, Tarr underwent a period of what he refers to as "social cinema", aimed at telling mundane stories about ordinary people, often in the style of cinema vérité. Over the next decade, the cinematography of Tarr's films gradually changed; Damnation (1988) was shot with languid camera movement aimed at establishing ambience. It marked Tarr's earliest experimentation with philosophical themes, focused mostly on bleak and desolate representations of reality. Sátántangó (1994) and Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) continued this approach; both are considered by some critics to be among the greatest films ever made. Tarr would later compete in the 2007 Cannes Film Festival with his film The Man From London.

Frequent collaborators of Tarr include his wife Ágnes Hranitzky, novelist László Krasznahorkai, film composer Mihály Víg, cinematographer Fred Kelemen, and actress Erika Bók. After the release of his film The Turin Horse (2011), Tarr announced his definitive retirement from film direction. He has been teaching at the Sarajevo Film School since.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Béla Tarr, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 26

Birthday 1955-07-21

Place of Birth Pécs, Hungary

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Bela Tarr
  • Tarr Béla

Directing TV ShowsMovies

2017 MuhamedDirector
2011 The Turin HorseDirector
2007 The Man from LondonDirector
2004 PrologueDirector
2004 Visions of EuropeDirector
2000 Werckmeister HarmoniesDirector
1995 Journey on the PlainDirector
1994 SatantangoDirector
1990 The Last ShipDirector
1990 City LifeDirector
1988 DamnationDirector
1984 Autumn AlmanacDirector
1982 The Prefab PeopleDirector
1982 MacbethDirector
1981 The OutsiderDirector
1979 Family NestDirector
1978 Hotel MagnezitDirector

Writing

2017 MuhamedWriter
2011 The Turin HorseScreenplay
2007 The Man from LondonScreenplay
2000 Werckmeister HarmoniesCo-Writer
1998 PassionWriter
1994 SatantangoScreenplay
1990 The Last ShipWriter
1988 DamnationWriter
1984 Autumn AlmanacWriter
1982 The Prefab PeopleWriter
1982 MacbethScreenplay
1981 The OutsiderWriter
1979 Family NestWriter
1978 Hotel MagnezitWriter

Production

2018 The Confidence-ManExecutive Producer
2016 Man in the WellProducer
2012 Final Cut: Ladies and GentlemenProducer
2012 Hungary 2011Producer
2007 The Man from LondonAssociate Producer
2005 JohannaProducer
2000 Werckmeister HarmoniesAssociate Producer

Acting

2015 About Cinema
2014 Tarr Béla: I Used to Be a Filmmaker as Himself
2011 The State That I Am Fish as Béla Tarr

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