Acclaimed Hungarian Film Director Béla Tarr will be a special guest at the fifth edition of Valletta Film Festival taking place between Friday 14 and Sunday 23 June 2019, where he will preside as this year’s Master of Cinema.
The director, whose films are often listed amongst the best films ever produced, will be attending the festival screenings and Q&As. He will also be giving a masterclass at the Grand Ballroom of The Phoenicia Malta on Saturday 22 June 2019.
A select number of his films will be shown during the film festival.
Béla Tarr was born in Pécs in 1955. He is considered a master of contemporary cinema, whose films have attracted international acclaim and stimulated the interest of major thinkers of our time.
Tarr began his directing career in the late 1970s with an aesthetic close to realism as witnessed by films like The Prefab People and Almanac of Fall both of which garnered awards. He moved away from that approach in the masterpieces of his mature period like Werckmeister Harmonies and the The Turin Horse awarded with a Silver Bear, Jury Grand Prix at the Berlinale.
He retired from directing several years ago, preferring to devote himself entirely to training young filmmakers.
The Valletta Film Festival is organised by Film Grain Foundation and supported by Arts Council Malta through the Cultural Partnership Agreement.
The Phoenicia Malta is one of the official partners of the festival providing accommodation to many of the guests attending the event.