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The Turin Horse

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Original title
A Torinói ló (The Turin Horse)
Running time
146 min.
Hungary Hungary
Béla Tarr, László Krasznahorkai
Mihály Víg
Fred Kelemen
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Co-production Hungary-France-Germany-Switzerland; TT Filmmûhely / Movie Partners In Motion Film / Eurimages / Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg / Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary / Vega Film / Zero Fiction Film
Drama | 19th Century. Poverty
Synopsis / Plot
Year 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.
2011: Berlin Film Festival: Jury Grand Prix, International Critic Award FIPRESCI
2011: European Film Awards: 3 nominations: Best Director, Cinematography and Score
2011: Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2013: Guldbagge Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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