Helmer laments 'crisis' in art cinema

BUDAPEST Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr’s production house T.T. Filmmuhely will shutter at the end of this month, a victim of the crisis besetting art cinema in Central and Eastern Europe.

“We have no choice but to acknowledge that, despite our efforts, our situation has become untenable,” Tarr and partner Gabor Teni said in a joint statement.

T.T. Filmmuhely produced Tarr’s “The Man from London” and “The Turin Horse.”

The helmer has been a critic of reforms to Hungary’s film-funding system, which he says discourages art film production in favor of mainstream entertainment pics.

In February, Tarr helped organize a film fest to protest against the changes.

But proponents of the system, devised by Hungarian-born Hollywood producer Andrew Vajna, state it is trying to strike a balance between art and storytelling in a bid to make the local industry more viable.

In a statement, Tarr and Teni called T.T. Filmmuhely a cinematic voice for society’s downtrodden. “We have always stood by the side of humiliated and crippled people, and we have defended them by using our own means.”

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