The Man from London
The Man from London

The Man from London

Director Bela Tarr

Production year 2007

Length 145min.

Country France/Germany/Hungary


One night Maloin, a switchman at a seaside railway station, witnesses a terrible murder. The murderer flees. The victim sinks into the water, clutching a suitcase in his hand. This leaves Maloin to fetch the suitcase, since nothing could be done to save the drowned man. He takes it up to his control room and opens it: it is packed with money… At dawn, when his colleague arrives, he acts as if nothing had happened. He takes his usual route home. Nevertheless, this path is not the same anymore.


Bela Tarr
Bela Tarr



Humbert Balsant, Christoph Hahnheiser, Gabor Tani, Joachim von Vietinghoff, Paul Saadoun, Miki Zachar


Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Bela Tarr, Georges Simenon (novel)

Director of Photography

Fred Kelemen

Production designer

Laszlo Rajk

Music by

Mihaly Vig


Gyorgy Kovacs


Agnes Hranitzky


Miroslav Krobot, Janos Derzsi, Istvan Lenart, Tilda Swinton, Erika Bok, Agi Szirtes, Gyula Pauer, Hanna Schygulla

Production company(ies)

TT Filmműhely, 13 Production, Cinema Soleil, Filmproduktion GmbH

Bela Tarr

Born 1955, Pecs, Hungary. He began his career as an amateur filmmaker at the age of 16. He also worked as a shipyard handyman and porter. In 1977, Bela Tarr debuted with his feature film Family Nest. He is an associate professor at the Berlin DFFB.


Family Nest (1977), Hotel Magnezit (1978, short), The Outsider (1980), The Prefab People (1982), Macbeth (1982, TV), Almanac Of Fall (1984), Damnation (1987), Citylife (segment "The Last Boat", 1989, doc.), Satantango (1994), Journey on the Plain (1995, short), Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), Visions of Europe (segment “Prologue”, 2004), The Man from London (2007), The Turin Horse (2011)

FILMS 2011