If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss about Béla Tarr, the Hungarian autueur at the end of his celebrated directorial career, was- this is your chance.
Called “an auteurist triumph” by The New York Times, The Turin Horse begins with the whipping of a stubborn horse, the violent act long attributed to Friedrich Nietssche’s abrupt mental breakdown and the beginning of his long decline into dementia. The impact of this event on the life of the famed philosopher are well-recorded… but what of the horse? For Tarr’s answer to this question, we are taken back six days, which then unfold slowly and painfully before us. The mundane activities of a father, his daughter, and their horse are presented in stark black and white, with dialogue grudgingly parceled out only when absolutely necessary. Our nerves are worn raw by the unrepentant whistling of the wind, the plodding of the horses hooves, and the slow realization that the horse this small family’s livelihood relies is reaching the end of its useful life.
Showing at PIFF35 Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 8:15 PM (Cinema 21), and Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 7pm (Cinema 21)