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Oscar Watch: Bela Tarr's Turin Horse is Hungary's Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 1, 2011 at 4:09AM

Hungary has selected Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse as its submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The drama debuted at the 2011 Berlinale, where it was awarded the Jury Grand and FIPRESCI prizes.
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Hungary has selected Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse as its submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The drama debuted at the 2011 Berlinale, where it was awarded the Jury Grand and FIPRESCI prizes.

Tarr directs Erika Bok, Janos Derzsi and Mihaly Kormos in the story of a father and daughter who, while trying to survive a desolate landscape after their horse fails them, meets farmer-philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The Cinema Guild plans to release the film in the US this winter, but no date is set. While at Berlin, there was some controversy over the film, and iW reported that “the film was widely admired by its audiences for the careful and deliberate exploration of its mostly silent characters.” Variety says; "The answers are a mystery, but no detail, however mundane, is accidental in Tarr's meticulously constructed allegory," while THR calls it "monotonous and repetitive." More details are here.

The film is a co-production between T.T. Filmmuhely (Hungary), MPM Films (France), VEGA Film (Switzerland), Zero Fiction (Germany) and WWW (USA); financing also came from the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary (MMKA), the former Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Cultural Fund of Hungary.

This article is related to: Awards, Genres, Oscars, Period, Foreign


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.