Béla Tarr has quickly become one of the filmmakers that I’ve taken a great interest in as of late. He is one of the few genuinely visionary filmmakers but a highly acquired taste, and so Tarr’s reputation remains quasi-legendary. His metaphysical horror story, Werckmeister Harmonies was Tarr’s breakthrough to a cult following and landed on the number one spot of my “Best of the Decade” list. So it was rather disappointing when the filmmaker announced at the premiere of his previous film (The Man from London), that he was retiring from filmmaking and that his upcoming project would be his last.
Well yesterday it was announced that the project – his last film – titled The Turin Horse, would make its world premiere next month at the Berlin Film Festival, and we now have our first look at the film courtesy of [origo] filmklub.
The film runs about two and half hours (which is actually quite short for the director), and was photographed by cinematographer Fred Keleman (The Man From London), scored by Mihály Víg and co-written by longtime Tarr collaborator László Krasznahorkai.