Directors' Showcase / UK premiere

The Man from London

  • Béla Tarr /
  • France, Germany & Hungary /
  • 2007 /
  • 135 mins

Tilda Swinton, Miroslav Krobot, Erika Bók, János Derzsi, Agi Szirtes, István Lénárt / Fiction / Hungarian

The Hungarian master unfolds a glacial, hypnotic noir, based on Georges Simenon's novel.

At his solitary post one night, signal controller Maloin (Miroslav Krobot) witnesses the shady disposal of a suitcase full of stolen money, which he impulsively retrieves. As the local police inspector pursues the eponymous visiting Englishman suspected of the initial robbery, Maloin keeps his own involvement quiet - but his weighty secret has repercussions for his home life with his hectoring wife (EIFF patron Tilda Swinton) and vulnerable daughter. Gorgeously shot in black and white by German veteran Fred Keleman, this slow, mysterious anti-thriller demands considerable commitment from its audience, but rewards it with an extraordinarily nuanced and involving study of the conflicts between light and shade, good and evil, human connections and existential isolation.

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