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by Béla Tarr


Freely inspired by an episode that marked the end of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s career. On January 3,1889, on the piazza Alberto in Turin, a weeping Nietzsche flung his arms around an exhausted and ill-treated carriage horse, then lost consciousness. After this event – which forms the prologue to Tarr’s film – the philosopher never wrote again and descended into madness and silence. From this starting point, The Turin Horse goes on to explore the lives of the coachman, his daughter and the horse in an atmosphere of poverty heralding the end of the world.

international title: The Turin Horse
original title: A Torinói ló
country: Hungary, France, Switzerland, Germany
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Béla Tarr
film run: 150'
release date: HG 31/03/2011, GR 07/04/2011, DK 14/07/2011, NL 20/10/2011, FR 30/11/2011, DE 15/03/2012, PL 30/03/2012, EE 05/04/2012, PT 14/05/2012, GB 01/06/2012
screenplay: Béla Tarr, László Krasznahorkai
cast: Erika Bók, János Derzsi, Mihály Kormos
cinematography by: Fred Kelemen
film editing: Ágnes Hranitzky
art director: Sándor Kállay
costumes designer: János Breckl
music: Mihály Víg
producer: Gábor Téni, Béla Tarr, Marie-Pierre Macia, Juliette Lepoutre, Ruth Waldburger, Martin Hagemann
production: T.T.Filmmuhely, MPM Film (Movies Partners in Motion Film), Vega Film, Zero Fiction Film GmbH
backing: Werc Werk Work, Eurimages, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation
distributor: Basis-Film Verleih, New Star, Sophie Dulac Distribution, Midas Filmes


main awards/selection

Berlinale 2011Silver Bear - Grand Jury Prize, FIPRESCI Prize

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