Bela Tarr’s THE TURIN HORSE Selected as Official Hungarian Foreign Language Entry for the 84th Academy Awards


Minneapolis, MN (November 27, 2011) – Werc Werk Works, the independent production and finance company helmed by CEO Elizabeth Redleaf, announced that a Werc Werk Works’ co-production “THE TURIN HORSE” (A torinói ló) has been selected as the official Hungarian Foreign Language entry for the 84th Academy Awards.

Following its World Premiere at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear, THE TURIN HORSE continued its successful North American run with premieres at the 2011 Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival as well as AFI Fest 2011. The Cinema Guild will be releasing THE TURIN HORSE in the U.S. in February 2012.

Directed by Béla Tarr and co-directed by Ågnes Hranitzky, with a screenplay by Tarr and László Krasznahorkai, the film stars János Derzsi, Erika Bók and Mihály Kormos. THE TURIN HORSE is inspired by the true story of 19th Century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche protecting a horse from abuse. The film details the lives of the horse’s coachman, his daughter and the horse itself. An apocalyptic vision of the harsh lives of peasants in a pitiless landscape, this enigmatic and beautiful film marks Hungarian master Béla Tarr’s farewell to cinema. Béla Tarr was born in Pécs, Hungary, and grew up in Budapest. In 2005, he was awarded the France Culture award at the Cannes Film festival. His films include The Outsider (81), The Prefab People (82), Damnation (87), Sátántangó (94),Werckmeister Harmonies (00), The Man from London (07) and The Turin Horse (11).

About Werc Werk Works Werc Werk Works is an independent film production and finance company founded by Elizabeth Redleaf and Christine Kunewa Walker. Launched in August 2008 and based in Minnesota, the company is dedicated to the production and financing of high caliber, story-driven films with wide appeal. In addition to “The Turin Horse,” Werc Werk Works’ productions include the upcoming “Darling Companion,” written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest and Elisabeth Moss; “Thin Ice,” starring Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin and Billy Crudup; “HOWL” written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg; and “Life During Wartime,” written and directed by Todd Solondz.