About the film
circus philosophy dancer based on novel or book hungary small town allegory symbolism darkness chaos whale harmony faith delusion surrealism family relationships traveling circus threat woman director contemplative cinema
Release Date: July 12, 2000
|Production Companies||:||ARTE, Studio Babelsberg, RAI, ZDF, Von Vietinghoff Filmproduktion (VVF), 13 Productions, Magyar Mozgókép Alapítvány, Fondazione Montecinemaverita, Goëss Film, Magyar Televízió Müvelödési Föszerkesztöség (MTV) (I), Nemzeti Kultúrális Alapprogram, Országos Rádió és Televízió Testület (ORTT)|
|Producers||:||Joachim von Vietinghoff, Béla Tarr, Paul Saadoun, Franz Goëss, Miklós Szita, Ralph E. Cotta|
|Writers||:||Béla Tarr, László Krasznahorkai, László Krasznahorkai|
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 tent, 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. Ambitious 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...