The Turin Horse dir. Béla TarrThe Turin Horse dir. Béla Tarr

The Turin Horse

Koń turyński / A torinói ló

Hungary, France, Germany, Switzerland, US 2011 / 146’

director: Béla Tarr

screenplay: László Krasznahorkai, Béla Tarr

cinematography: Fred Kelemen

editing: Ágnes Hranitzky

music: Mihály Vig

cast: János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos

producer: Gábor Téni, Martin Hagemann, Juliette Lepoutre, Marie-Pierre Macia, Ruth Waldburger

production: TT Filmmûhely, Vega Film, Zero Fiction Film, Movie Partners In Motion Film, Werc Werk Works, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l'Europe, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary

awards: Berlin IFF 2010 – Silver Berlin Bear, FIPRESCI Prize, Brothers Manaki International Film Festival 2011 (Macedonia) - best cinematography

polish distributor: Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty

release date: 30.03.2012

If you believe Béla Tarr, The Turin Horse is his last film. The director claims that he has already said all he had to say and that he is going to retire from filmmaking.

The film, a winner of the last festival in Berlin, is a meditation on the agony of the world. The 2.5 hour long picture is characterized by dark atmosphere of slow decay. The starting point for Tarr was a story about Friedrich Nietzsche, who in 1889 took pity for a horse that was being beaten by a peasant by the road.

The author challenged the viewers again. His film contains all the typical elements of his style: disinclination to use words, black and white imagery, and slow tempo. Each element is characterized by extreme minimalism. The six day long plot takes place in a dark village hut, and it forms a coherent, overwhelming vision of a process that is an inversion of the creation of the world.

I can’t help not being able to make an optimistic film – says Tarr, summing up his career. – Traveling around the world, I see no happiness around me. Maybe others are able to see it. Not me. Therefore, my films are dark.

Krzysztof Kwiatkowski

Béla Tarr

A Hungarian filmmaker born in 1955 in Pécsu. Tarr's 1979 feature debut Family Nest (Mannheim IFF, Grand Prix), ias a work of socialist realism clearly influenced by the work of John Cassavettes.

In late eighties Tarr's visual sensibility move from raw close-ups to more abstract mediums and long shots, but also his philosophical sensibility shifted from grim realism to a more metaphysical outlook. His masterpiece Satantango took over seven years to realize and finally appeared to international acclaim in 1994.


1978 Hotel Magnezit (short film)

1979 Családi tüzfészek / Family Nest

1981 Szabadgyalog / The Outsider

1982 Panelkapcsolat / Prefab People

1982 Makbet / Macbeth

1984 Öszi almanach / Almanac of Fall

1988 Kárhozat / Damnation

1990 Az utolso hajo (nowela w filmie City Life) (short film)

1994 Sátántangó / Satan's Tango

1995 Utazás az alföldön / Journey on the Plain (short film)

2000 Werckmeister harmóniák / Werckmeister Harmonies

2007 The Man from London

2011 The Turin Horse