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Genres: Crime, Drama, Romance
Starring: Miklós B. Székely, György Cserhalmi, Ágnes Kamondy, Gyula Pauer, Hédi Temessy
Director: Béla Tarr
Plot Sypnosis:

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 cruel 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 Video interview with director Béla Tarr
  • NEW Video interview with actor Miklós Székely B.
  • NEW Video interview with composer Mihály Víg
  • Archival newsreels from the Oroszlány and Dorog coal mines
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • New essay "Disintegration & Revival" by Jay Kuehner
  • Limited edition slipcase
  • Accordion foldout 5x36 inch poster
Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1988
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 120
Specs: Blu-ray Disc
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p AVC/MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.33:1