March 14th 2016 | Curzon Artificial Eye | Blu-Ray
A landmark in the career of legendary filmmaker Béla Tarr, Autumn Almanac is his first abandonment of social realism for a new kind of formalism that employs artificial light sources and an overt use of mise en scène.
The film takes place in a dark, claustrophobic apartment, where a sick elderly woman is accompanied by her son, her nurse and her lover and a former teacher who is now unemployed. She relies on them, as they do on her, for a place to live.
None are able to leave whilst finding no solace in remaining in the apartment - so they each scheme to find ways of manipulating the others to get some kind of personal gain. In the process everyone’s darkest secrets are revealed...