Werckmeister Harmonies

Synopsis: 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 trailer, 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. Aambitious 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..
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky (co-director)
Production: Menemsha
  5 wins & 2 nominations.
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145 min

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Ten o'clock! Closing up!

Gentlemen, please!

Just wait a bit for Valuska

to show us.

Leave it out!

Valuska. Come on.

Show us.

Let's make some room for Valuska

to show us!

You are the Sun.

The Sun doesn't move.

This is what it does.

You are the Earth.

The Earth is here for a start

and then the Earth moves

around the Sun.

And now...

we'll have an explanation

that simple folks like us

can also understand

about immortality.

All I ask is that you step with me

into the boundlessness

where constancy,


and peace,

infinite emptiness reign.

And just imagine that

in this infinite sonorous silence


is an impenetrable darkness.

Here we only experience

general motion

and at first we don't notice

the events we are witnessing.

The brilliant light of the Sun

always sheds its heat and light

on that side of the Earth

which is just then turned towards it.

And we stand here

in its brilliance.

This is the Moon.

The Moon revolves around the Earth.

What is happening?

We suddenly see

that the disc of the Moon,

the disc of the Moon...

on the Sun's flaming sphere

makes an indentation

and this indentation,

the dark shadow, grows bigger...

and bigger.

And as it covers more and more,

slowly, only a narrow crescent

of the Sun remains,

a dazzling crescent.

And at the next moment...

the next moment, say that

it's around one in the afternoon,

a most dramatic

turn of events occurs.

At that moment...

the air suddenly turns cold.

Can you feel it?

The sky darkens

and then goes all dark.

The dogs howl,

rabbits hunch down,

the deer run in panic,

run, stampede in fright.

And in this awful,

incomprehensible dusk

even the birds...

the birds too are confused

and go to roost.

And then... complete silence.

Everything that lives is still.

Are the hills going to march off?

Will Heaven fall upon us?

Will the Earth open under us?

We don't know.

We don't know,

for a total eclipse has come upon us.


but no need to fear, it's not over.

For across the Sun's glowing sphere

slowly the Moon swims away.

And the Sun once again bursts forth

and to the Earth slowly

there comes light again,

and warmth again floods the Earth.

Deep emotion pierces everyone.

They have escaped

the weight of darkness.

That's enough! Out of here,

you tubs of beer!

But Mr Hagelmayer,

it's still not over.

Mr Eszter!

Mr Eszter!

Uncle Gyuri come on.

You're getting cold.

Please come.

Your socks too.

Sleep well.





Good evening.

Good evening Uncle Bla.

You're late today, Jnos.

How's Jnos?

How are things in the cosmos?

Everything is fine.


Family tragedies

come in succession.

One just after the other.

Now. If a family takes hold

of itself. They simply disappear.

And nobody knows anything about it.

Now don 't tell me that this is

normal. A normal proceeding.

The world has gone completely mad.

Now it's not down here but up there

where something's gone wrong.

For in November

the Radio says that it's 17 below.

There's a shortage of coal

and then to top it all.

There's the arrival of the circus.

They're bringing that horrible

great whale, and that Prince.

All of ten kilos.

They say he's carried in their arms,

has to be.

And for that matter,

he's got three eyes.

I don't know if that's true or not.

They say that he's taken

from town to town

and makes that godless,

monstrous speech.

Nobody knows for sure.

Even those who were there

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László Krasznahorkai

László Krasznahorkai (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈlaːsloː ˈkrɒsnɒhorkɒi]; born 5 January 1954) is a Hungarian novelist and screenwriter who is known for critically difficult and demanding novels, often labeled as postmodern, with dystopian and melancholic themes. Several of his works, notably his novels Satantango (Sátántangó, 1985) and The Melancholy of Resistance (Az ellenállás melankóliája, 1989), have been turned into feature films by Hungarian film director Béla Tarr. more…

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