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Béla Tarr's Damnation in London

Tuesday 1 December 2015
UCL Bloomsbury Theatre
15 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AH


UCL SSEES Centenary Film Festival presents
Hungarian film masterpieces by Miklós Jancsó and Béla Tarr

To mark the centenary of the founding of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London, a film festival is being organized which will showcase the cinemas of the last one hundred years in the countries whose languages are taught as part of SSEES's degree programmes. This unique educational and cultural event will feature twenty-three films in total: each one will be introduced by an academic specialist and screened in the newly constructed auditorium at UCL's Bloomsbury Theatre between October and December 2015. The festival is being supported by the British Film Institute, the London-based embassies and cultural centres of the countries whose cinemas are being showcased as part of the festival, and charitable organizations dedicated to the promotion of the arts and cultures of Russia and Eastern/Central/Southern Europe.

With the financial support of the Hungarian Cultural Centre, two Hungarian feature-films will be screened as part of the festival:

Miklós Jancsó, Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and the White, 1967) on Wednesday 4 November 2015
BélaTarr, Kárhozat (Damnation, 1988) on Tuesday 1 December 2015

Tarr Béla Damnation still

Béla Tarr made a dramatic stylistic and critical breakthrough with this brooding and visually striking study of desolation and betrayal set in small town Hungary and tracing the cruel love triangle that emerges between a taciturn loner, a nightclub singer and her smuggler husband. The first of five films to date written with novelist László Krasznahorkai and structured around the haunting minimalist music of Mihály Vig, Damnation – with its decaying factories, dingy bars and bleak, expressionistic landscapes – introduced the dark, rainy and irretrievably melancholy realm that is arguably Tarr's greatest creation.

Attendance is free of charge. Tickets will be issued on a first-come-first-serve basis at the Bloomsbury Theatre box-office.

For full details of the festival programme please visit the SSEES website and the Bloomsbury Theatre website


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