Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse” has been selected to represent Hungary in the 2012 Oscar race.
The film, Tarr’s eighth feature, premiered last year at Berlin, where it won the Jury Grand Prix as well as the FIPRESCI Prize. Cinema Guild will release the film in the United States.
Full press release reprinted below:
THE TURIN HORSE is the official Hungarian entry for the upcoming Academy Awards
At the meeting of the Hungarian Selection Committee for Academy Awards Entry held on the 31st August, it was announced that Hungary will enter THE TURIN HORSE by BÉLA TARR for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.
Press Release of Magyar Filmunió, Budapest, 1st September 2011
The members of the Committee were representatives of the following Hungarian professional organizations:
Association of Hungarian Film Artists – Gábor Gelencsér, Hungarian Directors’ Guild – András Monory-Mész, Hungarian Independent Producers’ Association – Viktória Petrányi, Hungarian Producers’ Association – Ferenc Mikulás, Hungarian Society of Cinematographers – András Nagy.
The Turin Horse was co-produced by T.T. Filmműhely (H), MPM Film (F), VEGA Film (CH), zero Fiction (D), WWW (US) and supported by the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary (MMKA), the former Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM) and the National Cultural Fund (NKA) of Hungary.
In Turin in 1889, Nietzsche flings his arms around an exhausted carriage horse, then loses consciousness and his mind. This film tells the story of a farmer and his daughter trying to survive in a desolate landscape even though the horse that had always provided their livelihood has already given up on them.
Highly-acclaimed Tarr signs The Turin Horse, his 8th full-length feature film, with his long-time collaborators. The screenplay was written by Béla Tarr and László Krasznahorkai, co-directed and edited by Ágnes Hranitzky, scored by Mihály Víg. DoP of The Turin Horse was Fred Kelemen and delegate producer was Gábor Téni. The main actors, also well known from Tarr’s previous films, are Erika Bók, János Derzsi and Mihály Kormos.
The world premiere of The Turin Horse was hosted by the Berlinale Competition where it was awarded the Jury Grand Prix and also received the FIPRESCI Prize.
The international sales are handled by Berlin based Films Boutique, The Turin Horse will be released by Cinema Guild in the US soon.
Forthcoming festival presentation includes Toronto IFF Masters – North American Premiere – and New York Film Festival – US Premiere.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominations – the five features from among the national entries – to compete for the Oscar statuette in the category of Best Foreign Language Film of the Year on 24th January. The 84th Annual Academy Awards Presentation will be held on February 26th 2012 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.