Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 153: Fri June 1

The Turin Horse (Tarr, 2011): Renoir Cinema, Various times - all week. Details here.

A rare foray into first-run territory for what looks an outstanding new film from legendary Hungarian director Bela Tarr.

Five-star Time Out review:

'Never a prolific force, the Hungarian director Béla Tarr has declared that ‘The Turin Horse’ will be his last film. He has also suggested that the reason for hanging up his boots is apparent in the film – which makes ‘The Turin Horse’ even more of a glorious, terrifying mystery. It’s an epic portrait of drudging peasantry, set, biblically, over six days – and it is a film that drills into the core of your soul.
It begins with a prologue explaining how the philosopher Nietzsche witnessed a horse being beaten in Turin in 1889, immediately before his breakdown: ‘Of the horse, we know nothing,’ says the intro pointedly. Is this the story of that horse? Or is it simply a story of anonymous sufferers in a godless world living the sort of miserable, uncomprehending life that may have sent Nietzsche into a spin in the first place? We spend the rest of the film in the company of a grizzled, white-haired father (János Derzsi) and his equally taciturn adult daughter (Erika Bók), who live alone in wild countryside with only a tired horse for company. As the days go on, the howling wind grows louder, several interlopers ominously disrupt their routine and the lightliterally – and, we assume, metaphorically – begins to go out.'
Dave Calhoun


Here is the trailer.

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