Béla Tarr (born July 21, 1955)


“I don’t care about stories. I never did. Every story is the same. We have no new stories. We’re just repeating the same ones. I really don’t think, when you do a movie that you have to think about the story. The film isn’t the story. It’s mostly picture, sound, a lot of emotions. The stories are just covering something. With Damnation, for example, if you’re a Hollywood studio professional, you could tell this story in 20 minutes. It’s simple. Why did I take so long? Because I didn’t want to show you the story. I wanted to show this man’s life.”



The statue of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary holding up the Marburg cathedral, Polychrome statue, c 1470, Marburg

Elizabeth (1207-1231), this Hungarian princess (happily) married to a Thuringian ruler is my favourite Hungarian saint: widowed at the age of 20, she committed herself to charity, see for example the miracle of roses…