The Turine Horse

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    Feature Film | 2010 | Hungary

      Brief synopsis

      1889. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed the whipping of a horse while traveling in Turin, Italy. He tossed his arms around the horse's neck to protect it then collapsed to the ground. In less than one month, Nietzsche would be diagnosed with a serious mental illness that would make him bed-ridden and speechless for the next eleven years until his death. But whatever did happen to the horse? This film, which is Tarr's last, follows up this question in a fictionalized story of what occurred. The man who whipped the horse is a rural farmer who makes his living taking on carting jobs into the city with his horse-drawn cart. The horse is old and in very poor health, but does its best to obey its master's commands. The farmer and his daughter must come to the understanding that it will be unable to go on sustaining their livelihoods. The dying of the horse is the foundation of this tragic tale.


      ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
      János DerzsiOhlsdorfer [L]
      Erika BókOhlsdorfer's daughter [L]
      Mihály KormosBernhard [L]


      Director of photographyFred Kelemen
      DirectorBéla Tarr
      1st AD (local system)Yann-Eryl Mer
      EditorÁgnes Hranitzky
      ComposerMihály Vig


      Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
      Fred Kelemen2011Europäischer Filmpreis 2011Carlo di Palma European Cinematographer AwardNominated
      Béla Tarr2011Internationale Filmfestspiele BerlinFipresci Preis - Bester FilmWinner
      Béla Tarr2011Internationale Filmfestspiele BerlinSilberner Bär - Großer Preis der JuryWinner
      Mihály Vig2011Europäischer Filmpreis 2011ComposerNominated
      Fred Kelemen2012Deutscher Kamerapreis 2012KinospielfilmNominated
      Fred Kelemen2013Preis der deutschen Filmkritik 2012InnovationspreisWinner