Béla Tarr

Béla Tarr (born July 21, 1955) is a Hungarian film director. Tarr was born in Pécs, but grew up in Budapest. Both of his parents were close to theatre and film: his father was a scenery designer, while his mother has been working as a prompter at a theater for more than 50 years now. His mother took him to a casting by the Hungarian national television (MTV) at the age of 10 and he finally won the role of the protagonist's son in a TV-drama adaptation of Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Apart from a smaller role in Miklós Jancsó's film Szörnyek évadja (Season of Monsters, 1986), Tarr never tried acting again. He has said that originally he wanted to be a philosopher, and he considered film making as something of a hobby. However, after making his 8mm short films, the Hungarian government would not allow Tarr to attend university. So he chose to pursue film production instead. Tarr began to realize his interests with film-making at the age of 16 by making amateur films and later working as a caretaker at a national House for Culture and Recreation. Most of his amateur works were documentaries, mostly about the life of workers or poor people in urban Hungary.

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