Béla Tarr is a Hungarian film director and producer. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential film autuer of the past thirty years. Tarr began his directorial career with a brief period of what he refers to as "social cinema", aimed at telling mundane stories about ordinary people.
Later, the cinematic style and thematic elements of his films changed. Tarr made his mark internationally with Damnation (1988), and received wide acclaim from critics with Satan's Tango (1994) and Werckmeister Harmonies (2000). These films all featured long takes, slow-burn narratives and black-and-white cinematography. They incorporated his bleak visions of humanity and apocalyptic overtones. After the release of his film The Turin Horse (2011), which won the Jury Grand Prix at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. Tarr announced his definitive retirement from film direction but still continues in the industry as a producer and mentor for emerging filmmakers.