Switzerland, France, Hungary, Germany


In Turin in 1889, Nietzsche flings his arms around an exhausted carriage horse, then looses consciousness and his mind. Somewhere in the countryside: a farmer, his daughter, a cart and the old horse. Outside, a windstorm rises.

Director's Statement

Our film follows up the question. What did in fact happen to the horse? Ohlsdorfer, the carter, and his daughter live out their lives on their farmstead. They subsist on hard work: their only source of income is the horse and cart - that’s what they live on. The father takes on carting jobs, his daughter takes care of the household. It’s a very meagre life and infinitely monotonous. Their practiced movements and the changes in seasons and times of day dictate the rhythm and routine which is cruelly inflicted on them. The film portrays mortality, with that deep pain which we, who are under sentence of death, all feel.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Béla Tarr

Written by: László Krasznahorkai, Béla Tarr

Produced by: Gábor Téni, Marie-Pierre Macia, Juliette Lepoutre, Ruth Waldburger, Martin Hagemann

Cinematography: Fred Kelemen

Editing: Ágnes Hranitzky

Production Design: Sándor Kállay

Original Score: Mihály Víg

Cast: Erika Bók, János Derzsi

Nominations and Awards

  • European Director 2011
  • European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 2011
  • European Composer 2011
  • Feature Film Selection 2011