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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2009: #98. The Turin Horse

“The Turin Horse,” a new movie from Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr that will use the story of a farmer and his horse as an existential metaphor. Top 100 Films

#98. The Turin Horse

Director: Béla Tarr
Writer(s): Tarr and László Krasznahorkai
Producer: Gábor Téni (The Man From London)
Distributor: Rights Available.

The Gist: The film is freely inspired by an episode that marked the end of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s career. On January 3,1889, on the piazza Alberto in Turin, a weeping Nietzsche flung his arms around an exhausted and ill-treated carriage horse, then lost consciousness. After this event, the philosopher never wrote again and descended into madness and silence. From this starting point, The Turin Horse goes on to explore the lives of the coachman (Miroslav Krobot), his daughter (Erika Bók) and the horse in an atmosphere of poverty heralding the end of the worl

Fact: Tarr will produce director Delta Kornel Mundruczo‘s next project. 

Why is it on the list?: Elizabeth Redleaf and Christine Kunewa Walker‘s new shingle Werc Werk Works will finance and co-produce what is being reported as Tarr‘s final film. I’ll be there for his final bow if this is the case. 

Release Date/Status?: Currently in pre-production, Tarr would have to speed things up to consider a Cannes premiere.  

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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