Gyorgy Feher’s Twilight restored in 4K, watch the trailer

The restoration of this must-have moody cooler from 1990, which premiered at the Berlinale, opens in New York on April 21.

György Fehér is perhaps best known as the producer of Béla Tarr’s classic “Sátántangó” and as a collaborator on Tarr’s “Werckmeister Harmonies”. But the Hungarian filmmaker has made two feature films, including 1990s “Twilight,” about a detective who comes out of retirement to help find the killer of a little girl. The nearly lost film has been mostly relegated to the realm of torrenting, but now you’ll have the chance to see it shine on the big screen thanks to a new restoration from Arbelos.

A brand new 4K restoration from the National Film Institute – Hungarian Film Archive and FilmLab, overseen by Gurbán, will make its way to Film at Lincoln Center on April 21. IndieWire has the exclusive trailer for the film below.

After discovering the murdered body of a young girl deep in a mountainous forest, a hardened detective pushes himself to increasingly obsessive ends in his quest to catch the serial killer – known only as “The Giant ” – responsible for the crime. A much-admired but long-unavailable masterpiece from influential Hungarian author and regular Béla Tarr collaborator György Fehér, Twilight (Szürkület) is both an existential murder mystery and an expansive meditation on time and space.

The restoration premiered at the 2023 Berlinale, marking its first appearance at the festival since winning the Bronze Leopard Award at the Locarno Film Festival in 1990. The film is shot in haunting black and white and in stunt – which is hardly surprising for a filmmaker so deeply influenced by Tarr.

“I want to show how the search for justice contrasts ridiculously with the eternity of nature. In the meantime, it is precisely this research that fascinates me so much,” said György Fehér in 1991.

Fehér’s other feature film was “Passion”, which played at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section.

Arbelos has also previously restored Tarr’s own “Satantango” (1994) and “Damnation” (1988), as well as Marcell Jankovics’ “Son of the White Mare” (1981) and “Janos Vitez” (1973), “Nina Menkes “Queen of Diamonds” (1991) and “The Juniper Tree” (1991), with Björk.

Catch “Twilight” at the Film at Lincoln Center on April 21 in an exclusive New York engagement, and watch the trailer below.

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