On the eve of a large payment, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is returning to the community.

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Béla Tarr

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László Krasznahorkai (novel), Mihály Vig (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mihály Vig Mihály Vig ... Irimiás
Putyi Horváth Putyi Horváth ... Petrina (as Dr. Putyi Horváth)
László feLugossy László feLugossy ... Schmidt
Éva Almássy Albert Éva Almássy Albert ... Schmidtné (as Éva Almási Albert)
János Derzsi ... Kráner
Irén Szajki Irén Szajki ... Kránerné
Alfréd Járai Alfréd Járai ... Halics
Miklós Székely B. Miklós Székely B. ... Futaki
Erzsébet Gaál Erzsébet Gaál ... Halicsné
György Barkó György Barkó ... Iskolaigazgató
Zoltán Kamondi Zoltán Kamondi ... Kocsmáros
Barna Mihók Barna Mihók ... Kerekes
Péter Dobai Péter Dobai ... Százados
András Bodnár András Bodnár ... Horgos Sanyi
Erika Bók ... Estike
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In a small, dilapidated village in 1990s Hungary, life has come to a virtual stand-still. The Autumn rains have started. A few of the villagers expect to receive a large cash payment that evening, and then plan to leave. Some want to abscond earlier with more than their fair share of the money. However they hear that the smooth-talking Irimias, who they thought had died, is returning. They are apprehensive that he will take all their money in one of his grandiose schemes to keep the community going. Written by Will Gilbert

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Dorka Gryllus visited a friend on the set of Sátántangó, and was impressed by the whole "feeling of film making". It was then, when she decided to be a film actress - and in a few years, she became a famous Hungarian actress. See more »

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Futaki: I shouldn't drink. When I do I keep thinking of coffins.
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A masterpiece by any measure, one of the deep, dark wonders of cinema
26 August 2007 | by za-andresSee all my reviews

If there's any proof of god, it's "Satantango", Tarr's impetuous yet melancholic, beautiful and sublime, unforgettable and dark, dark, dark masterpiece which is one of cinema's greatest treasures -- rich with darkness and wonder. At 7 hours long, it is as if it were life itself, and it really is, as everything -- tone, pace, tempo -- is in real time; essentially, it feels, and is, a tango. Tarr, again, demonstrates his mastery through the long take, as it beautifully portrays its subject and feelings of them. It's just such a film one can not even describe in words; it's simple art. This magnus opum of cinema has changed the value of that very term to me. Not many films can do that. I will never forget this film until the day I die, for "Satantango" should be a required viewing -- for everyone.


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Hungarian

Release Date:

28 April 1994 (Hungary) See more »

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