Béla Tarr is a filmmaker known across the world for his rigorous and pure mastery of cinema. In 2019 the Berlinale Forum initiated the world-wide celebration of the 25th anniversary of his magnum-opus Sátántangó, which was chosen as one of the 50 greatest films of all time in the 2012 BFI’s Sight and Sound poll.
Throughout his career, Béla has focused on watching and celebrating people, finding inspiration in illuminating the humanity that he sees. He began his career at sixteen as an amateur filmmaker, later becoming a student of the Academy of Theatre and Film (Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetem) in Budapest. He became a member of the European Film Academy in 1997 and American Film Academy in 2018.
He is President of the Hungarian Filmmakers’ Association, a member of the Széchenyi Academy of Letters and Arts, has been given the most prestigious Hungarian prize for artists, the Kossuth Prize, and the Hungarian prize for filmmakers, Balázs Béla Prize. He was named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres and has been honoured with multiple national and international awards, honorary doctorates and lifetime achievement awards.
Arts University Plymouth awarded an Honorary Fellowship to Béla Tarr in 2021 in recognition of his outstanding artistic contribution to international film-making and education, for extending the language of film and for bridging the boundaries of film-making, theatre and installation.