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A loner tries to win back his estranged lover, a lounge singer in a bar named Titanik, in Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr’s otherworldly film noir. Some of you may have seen Tarr’s classic, 7-hour film Satantango when it was screened at the IU Cinema in 2019. Relax, Damnation is a mere 1 hour, 56 minutes. Originally filmed in 1988, Damnation has recently been released in the States in a new 4K restoration by the Hungarian National Film Institute
Made in 1988 but virtually unknown in the United States, Damnation is the movie with which the great Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr fully became Bela Tarr.
Aside from a mayfly run some 30 years ago at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan, Damnation has been all but invisible. It’s a brilliant calling card. Its melancholy, hurdy-gurdy score, exaggerated sound design, ritual ensemble dances, inexorable camera moves suggest a dry run for Tarr’s 1994 masterpiece, the immersive, 7-hour Satantango — at less than one-third the length. – J. Hoberman, The New York Times