Béla Tarr’s final film opens on Friday, February 10th
at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

THE TURIN HORSE is the final statement from a master filmmaker. Bela Tarr’s film continues the tradition of immaculate photography with renowned long takes and was selected as Hungary’s official submission for this year’s Academy Awards, awarded the Silver Bear and FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011 and official selection at the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival. The Turin Horse will be released by Cinema Guild on Friday February 10th at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

On January 3, 1889 in Turin, Italy, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, a cab driver is having trouble with a stubborn horse. The horse refuses to move, whereupon the driver loses his patience and takes his whip to it. Nietzsche puts an end to the brutal scene, throwing his arms around the horse’s neck, sobbing. After this, he lies motionless and silent for two days on a divan until he mutters the obligatory last words, and lives for another ten years, silent and demented, cared for by his mother and sisters. Somewhere in the countryside, the cab driver lives with his daughter and the overworked horse. Outside, a windstorm rages. The horse refuses to move, and the man and his daughter struggle through their daily schedule. Food and water grow scarce. Beggars and gypsies come to their door. The horse stops eating. Slowly, the apocalypse approaches.

Director, Béla Tarr; Co-Director, Agnes Hranitzky; Screenplay by Béla Tarr and Laszlo Krasznahorkai; Director of Photography, Fred Kelemen; Film Editing, Agnes Hranitzky; Original Music by Mihaly Vig; Producer, Gabor Teni; Executive Producers, Elizabeth Redleaf and Christine K. Walker; Co-producers, Martin Hagemann, Juliette Lepoutre, Marie-Pierre Macia, and Ruth Waldburger.

Hungary/Not Rated/146 minutes/35mm/1:1:66/Dolby SRD/In Hungarian with English Subtitles
Stills available at:

Friday, January 27th at 10AM
Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street (upper level)

To RSVP or for more information please contact John Wildman,

In advance of The Turin Horse US theatrical premiere, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will also host a complete Béla Tarr retrospective titled The Last Modernist: The Complete Works of Béla Tarr from February 3-8, 2012. This will be a rare “complete” retrospective of a living filmmaker, stretching from his early cinema verité portraits of proletariat life in Communist-era Hungary to the hypnotic, career-defining masterworks that cemented Tarr’s international reputation. A full schedule and descriptions can be found below.


Almanac of Fall, Béla Tarr, 1984, Hungary, 35mm; 119m
Four apartment-dwellers scheme against a rich elderly woman and each other, in a key work that bridges Tarr’s early social realism and later stylistic brio.
FEB 7, 8

Damnation/Kárhozat. Béla Tarr, 1988, Hungary, 35mm; 116m
Tarr and Krasznahorkai’s first collaboration is a ravishing film noir about a man’s efforts to steal his estranged lover from the arms of her debt-addled husband. FEB 3, 6

Family Nest/Családi tüzfészek. Béla Tarr, 1979, Hungary, 35mm; 108m
Tarr’s striking debut (made when he was 22) offers a take-no-prisoners snapshot of a seven-member family sharing a tiny apartment during a housing crisis. FEB 3, 6

Béla Tarr, 1982, Hungary, 35mm; 72m
Shot in two takes, Tarr’s entrancing TV adaptation preserves all the ambient tension of Shakespeare’s play, reinventing the space with his newly mobile camera technique.
FEB 4, 8

The Man From London
Béla Tarr, 2007, Hungary/France/Germany, 35mm; 135m
The Georges Simenon thriller about a railman and a suitcase of stolen cash becomes an enveloping, chiaroscuro world of melancholy and mystery. With Tilda Swinton. NYFF 2007.
FEB 7, 8

The Outsider/Szabadgyalog. Béla Tarr, 1981, Hungary, 35mm; 122m
An aimless young musician drifts through a series of jobs—and women—before being called up for military service in Tarr’s gritty second feature. FEB 6, 7

The Prefab People
Béla Tarr, 1982, Hungary, 35mm; 102m
A young married couple in monolithic housing endures the trouble and strife of love’s disintegration, in a searing story that works backward from the climactic break-up.
FEB 3, 6

Satantango/Sátántangó. Béla Tarr, 1994, Hungary/Germany/Switzerland, 35mm; 450m
A landmark of contemporary world cinema, Tarr’s international breakthrough came with this transfixing epic about the arrival of a (false) prophet in a small farming collective. Screened with one 15-minute intermission and one 60-minute dinner break. FEB 4, 5

Werckmeister Harmonies, Béla Tarr, 2000, Hungary, 35mm; 145m
Tarr’s apocalyptic masterpiece unfolds in a Hungarian town teetering at the edge of the abyss with the arrival of a giant stuffed whale. With Hanna Schygulla.
FEB 3, 8


Friday, February 3
1:00 PM  Werckmeister Harmonies (145 min.)
4:00 PM  The Prefab People (102 min.)
6:15 PM  Damnation (116 min.)
8:45 PM  Family Nest (108 min.)

Saturday, February 4
12:00 PM  Macbeth (72 min.)
2:00 PM  Satantango (450 min. + 30 min. intermission + 60 min. dinner break)

Sunday, February 5
2:00 PM  Satantango (450 min. + 30 min. intermission + 60 min. dinner break)

Monday, February 6
1:30 PM  Damnation (116 min.)
4:00 PM  Family Nest (108 min.)
6:15 PM  The Outsider (122 min.)
8:45 PM  The Prefab People (102 min.)

Tuesday, February 7
1:00 PM  The Man From London (139 min.)
3:45 PM  The Outsider (122 min.)
6:15 PM  Almanac of Fall (119 min.)

Wednesday, February 8
1:45 PM  Macbeth (72 min.)
3:30 PM  Almanac of Fall (119 min.)
6:00 PM  Werckmeister Harmonies (145 min.)
9:00 PM  The Man From London (135 min.)