Death Rode Out of Persia. 2006. Directed by Putyi Horváth

In celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of Béla Tarr’s landmark film Satantango, the Department of Film presents a special screening of the Museum’s pristine archive print, which was acquired together with other key works by the director in conjunction with MoMA’s 2001 Béla Tarr retrospective. In addition, we have invited the director to select a program of Hungarian films that have inspired him, along with a few of the films he has been involved in producing through his Budapest-based company TT Filmmuhely. Tarr’s “carte blanche” inclusions represent a rare chance to appreciate the artistic ambitions of a lesser-known segment of Hungarian cinema. These selections reflect—but in no way imitate—Tarr’s own preoccupation with expanding and refining the language of cinema. This exhibition is held in conjunction with the yearlong event series Extremely Hungary: Art and Culture Beyond Your Expectations. All films are from Hungary, unless otherwise noted.

Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, in collaboration with Extremely Hungary, organized by the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York and made possible in part by funding from the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture. Special thanks to Maygar Filmúnió (Kati Vajda) and Palisades Tartan (Debbi Berlin).