Essential Gus Van Sant (& His Influences): WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES on 35mm

werckmeister harmonies

During the Soviet era in a bleak and brutal unnamed town on the Hungarian plain, a mysterious circus arrives in the dead of night touting the appearance of the biggest whale in the world. Despite the fact that it’s only a carcass, in the following days people gather from miles around, slowly filling the dreary hamlet. János, a young, average citizen, along with his uncle György, a composer in the romantic vein, live a peaceful existence. However, the Prince, the faceless, magnetic authority behind the circus, has the power to incite riots and chaos—which, as the mob increases in size and fury, threatens the already tenuous existence of the small town and its inhabitants. Shot in glorious black and white, meticulously paced, lit, and edited, WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES remains one of contemporary cinema’s most influential works. (145 mins.)

WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES screens Saturday, May 16 at 2pm and Sunday, May 17 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The program is being presented as part of our Essential Gus Van Sant (& His Influences) series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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