121 minutes in Hungarian with English subtitles
MPAA Rating: R
High Definition 1080p 1.66:1
DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono
Region code: A
Production year: 1988 in Hungary, Germany and Switzerland
Director: Béla Tarr
Cast: Miklós Székely B., Vali Kerekes, Hédi Temessy, Gyula Pauer, György Cserhalmi
A mid-career masterwork by legendary Hungarian art house auteur Béla Tarr and the first of his internationally acclaimed trilogy of films written in collaboration with author László Krasznahorkai (including the legendary SÁTÁNTANGÓ). DAMNATION (Kárhozat) chronicles the doomed affair between Bar Titanik regular Karrer (SÁTÁNTANGÓ’s Miklós B. Székely) and the cabaret singer (Vali Kerekes) he pines for while scheming to displace her brutish husband (György Cserhalmi). A poignant Communism allegory that solidified Tarr’s unique aesthetic, DAMNATION is photographed in an exquisitely black & white palette underscored by the mesmerizing long takes that would come to be his trademark.
DAMNATION has been restored in 4K from the original 35mm camera negative by the Hungarian National Film Institute – Film Archive under the supervision of Béla Tarr.
New 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative.
New video interview with Béla Tarr.
New video interview with Miklós Székely B.
New video interview with Mihály Vig.
Archival newsreels from the Oroszlány and Dorog coal mines.
U.S. Theatrical Trailer.
New English subtitle Translation.
New Essay by Jay Kuehner.