Seminal German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche went mad in 1899, remaining bedridden and speechless until his death in 1900. The exact cause of his breakdown continues to be a mystery, but according to eyewitness reports, Nietzsche saw the whipping of a horse in Turin, Italy, threw himself onto its neck to protect it, then fell to the ground a ruined man. Nietzsche’s legacy lived on, but the horse was soon forgotten.
Hungarian director Béla Tarr attempts to fill in the missing pieces of the story in what he says is his final work, The Turin Horse. Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, the film was shot in black and white. It’s an investigation of ordinary human existence; through meticulously composed long shots, the audience glimpses the daily struggles of a farmer, his daughter and their obstinate horse. With minimal dialogue, Tarr’s piece is equal parts meditation and cinematic art. 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org.
Fri., June 29, 7 p.m.; Sat., June 30, 6 p.m.; Sun., July 1, 3 p.m., 2012