Official Trailer of Hungarian philosophical film The Turin Horse, directed by Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky.
The Turin Horse (Hungarian: A torinói ló) is a 2011 Hungarian philosophical drama film directed by Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, starring János Derzsi, Erika Bók and Mihály Kormos. It was co-written by Tarr and his frequent collaborator László Krasznahorkai. It recalls the whipping of a horse in the Italian city Turin which is rumoured to have caused the mental breakdown of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The film is in black-and-white, shot in only 30 long takes by Tarr’s regular cameraman Fred Kelemen, and depicts the repetitive daily lives of the horse-owner and his daughter.
The film was an international co-production led by the Hungarian company T. T. Filmműhely. Tarr announced then that it was to be his last film. After having been postponed several times, it premiered in 2011 at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, where it received the Jury Grand Prix. The Hungarian release was postponed after the director had criticised the country’s government in an interview.
The Turin Horse opened to general acclaim from film critics.
Béla Tarr is a Hungarian film director. His body of work consists mainly of art films with philosophical themes and long takes.
Debuting with the film Family Nest (1979), 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, often in the style of cinema vérité. Over the next decade, the cinematic style and thematic elements of his films changed. Tarr has been interpreted as having a pessimistic view of humanity; the characters in his works are often cynical, and have tumultuous relationships with one another in ways critics have found to be darkly comic. Almanac of Fall (1984), his only color film, follows the inhabitants of a run-down apartment as they struggle to live together while sharing their hostilities. The drama Damnation (1988) was lauded for its languid and controlled camera movement, which Tarr would become known for internationally. Satan’s Tango (1994) and Werckmeister Harmonies(2000) continued his bleak and desolate representations of reality, while incorporating apocalyptic overtones; the former sometimes appears in scholarly polls of the greatest films ever made, and the latter received wide acclaim from critics. Tarr would later compete in the 2007 Cannes Film Festival with his film The Man from London, which opened to moderately positive reviews.
Frequent collaborators with Tarr include novelist László Krasznahorkai, film composer Mihály Víg, cinematographer Fred Kelemen, actress Erika Bók, and Tarr’s wife Ágnes Hranitzky, who is sometimes credited as a co-director of his last three works. After the release of his film The Turin Horse (2011), which made many year-end “best-of” critics’ lists, Tarr announced his definitive retirement from feature-length film direction. In February 2013 he started a film school in Sarajevo, known as film.factory, leaving in 2016. He is slated to premiere two short films in a 2017 Amsterdam exhibition.
Ágnes Hranitzky is a Hungarian film editor and director best known for her long-standing collaborations with her spouse Béla Tarr.
Hranitzky began working in the 1970s as a film editor on Hungarian films. She began collaborating with director Béla Tarr in 1981, editing his film The Outsider. She has edited all of Tarr’s films since then.
In 2000, with the film Werckmeister Harmonies Hranitzky began to be credited as a co-director on Tarr’s films. The credit developed as Tarr is known for his long takes, the length of which forced Hranitzky to be on set during production in order to assist Tarr with knowing how things would develop in the editing room and which takes would match others.
She co-directed The Man from London in 2007, again with Tarr as lead director. The film premiered In Competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2011 she again co-directed The Turin Horse, which premiered in 2011 at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, where it received the Jury Grand Prix.