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Béla Tarr Offered a Master Class at the CUEC-UNAM

The Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr visited the University Center for Film Studies (CUEC-UNAM), where he held a conversation with students and professors of the institution, the Film Training Center (CCC) and the Cátedra Bergman en Cine y Teatro. The talk was moderated by Bernhard Hetzenauer, Austrian filmmaker and artist.

Béla Tarr en el CUEC

Béla Tarr at the University Center for Film Studies (CUEC-UNAM). Photo: Barry Domínguez, Cultura UNAM.

María del Carmen de Lara Rangel, director of the CUEC, thanked Guadalupe Ferrer, director of the UNAM’s Film Library, and the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) for allowing the filmmaker’s visit. For her part, Guadalupe Ferrer thanked FICM for having this meeting with Béla Tarr. “The UNAM Film Library gave him the medal in the festival and this somehow connected him emotionally with UNAM, which gives us great pleasure,” she added.

Béla Tarr en el Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC).

Béla Tarr en el Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC). Foto: Barry Domínguez, Cultura UNAM.

During the talk, Béla Tarr spoke about his beginnings in cinema and the importance of establishing a close relationship with the people he works with, in order to show and bring the viewer closer to life. He said that closeness and friendship are really necessary when working with real characters, not actors.

In addition, he claimed not to have ever used a script, as it seems unnecessary and, instead, uses cards with key information of each sequence. He added that he has filmed all his films in 16 and 35 mm, nothing in digital.

The talk was achieved thanks to the collaboration of the Cátedra Ingmar Bergman en Cine y Teatro, the UNAM Film Library, the CUEC-UNAM and FICM.