February 21, 2011
The Turin Horse, directed by Hungarian director Béla Tarr won the Silver Bear award and the Jury Grand Prix at the 61st Berlinale International Film Festival last week. The interview with the director, published in last Saturday’s Tagesspiegel caused a big scandal in Hungary as, according to the German article, Béla Tarr declared that “it is the government that should go, not me”. The article says that the director is protesting against the cultural policy of the Hungarian government which “hates the intellectuals for being liberal and oppositionist”. However, according to the director, he didn’t say the words that appeared in the article and the words in the newspaper are “contrary to everything he said”. According to recent news, Béla Tarr is meeting the German journalist today to discuss the stylistic problems that could lead to the differences in the content.