Hungary has selected Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse as its submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The drama debuted at the 2011 Berlinale, where it was awarded the Jury Grand and FIPRESCI prizes.
Tarr directs Erika Bok, Janos Derzsi and Mihaly Kormos in the story of a father and daughter who, while trying to survive a desolate landscape after their horse fails them, meets farmer-philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The Cinema Guild plans to release the film in the US this winter, but no date is set. While at Berlin, there was some controversy over the film, and iW reported that “the film was widely admired by its audiences for the careful and deliberate exploration of its mostly silent characters.” Variety says; “The answers are a mystery, but no detail, however mundane, is accidental in Tarr’s meticulously constructed allegory,” while THR calls it “monotonous and repetitive.” More details are here.
The film is a co-production between T.T. Filmmuhely (Hungary), MPM Films (France), VEGA Film (Switzerland), Zero Fiction (Germany) and WWW (USA); financing also came from the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary (MMKA), the former Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Cultural Fund of Hungary.