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THE TURIN HORSE

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 8:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 7 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE TURIN HORSE

DIRECTOR: Béla Tarr - HUNGARY

The prologue describes an (apocryphal) event in the life of Friedrich Nietzsche—witnessing a carriage driver whipping his horse, the philosopher flung himself around the defenseless animal, then collapsed, a mute invalid for the final decade of his life. But what of the horse? Recalling both Tarr’s masterpiece Sátántangó and the parable-like work of Bresson, Tarr introduces the miserable cabman Ohlsdorfer leading his long-suffering steed home to their hovel, both to be cared for by his granddaughter. The Ohlsdorfers’ lives consist of drudgery, subsistence on potatoes, and repetition, monumentally staged and hypnotically paced by Tarr, aided by Fred Keleman’s striking camerawork and Mihály Vig’s evocative score. Is the horse a symbol of universal suffering? Of humanity’s failures? Something else? No easy answers to Tarr’s extended metaphysical riddle. (146 mins.)

Selected Filmography: Damnation (87), Sátántangó (94), Werckmeister Harmonies (00), The Man From London (07).

This year’s Hungarian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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Interests: Oscar Submissions, Narrative Feature, History.

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