The Man From London / A londoni férfi (Hungary/France/Germany, 2007)

directed by Béla Tarr, crime/drama, 135 min, English version, fr subtitles
written by László Krasznahorkai
with Miroslav Krobot, Tilda Swinton, Erika Bók, János Derzsi

Maloin leads a simple life without prospects, at the edge of the infinite sea; he barely notices the world around him, has already accepted the slow and inevitable deterioration of life around him and his all but complete loneliness. When he witnesses a murder, his life takes a sudden turn. He comes face to face with issues of morality, sin, punishment, the line between innocence and complicity in crime, and this state of skepticism leads him to the ontological question of the meaning and worth of existence.
The film is about desire, man‘s indestructible longing for a life of freedom and happiness, about illusions never to be realised about things that give all of us energy to continue living, to go to sleep and get up day after day. Maloin‘s story is ours - all of those who doubt and are able to question our humdrum existence.

Black and white film based on the novel L'homme de Londres by Georges Simenon

Cannes 2007 (in competition)