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.'
Here is the trailer.