Screen/Society--AMI Showcase--European Cinema Series--"The Turin Horse" [35mm]
The Turin Horse
(Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011, 146 min, Hungary, Hungarian w/ English, 35mm)
-- Introduced by Prof. Anne-Gaëlle Saliot, Dept. of Romance Studies!
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.
-- Winner of Silver Berlin Bear (Jury Grand Prix) and FIPRESCI Prize at 2011 Berlin International Film Festival!
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: The Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI)