Béla Tarr is on the same list as Mad Max and The wolf of Wall street.
Maybe the Hungarian film industry is not the most famous in the world, but it had some big successes in the past few years. Son of Saul and Sing won the Oscar, many of them get the attention of the professionals and the audience, and now here's another accomplishment.
One of the most famous American film magazines, IndiWires published a compilation of the best films of the last decade, and there is a Hungarian creation in the top 100 list. As they say in the introductory, „the decade will no doubt be remembered for the paradigm shifts precipitated by streaming and monolithic superhero movies, hindsight makes it clear that the definition of film itself is exponentially wider now than it was a decade ago”. And this is true: there are a lot of relatively unknown independent films on the list (next to some big movie successes(, including a Hungarian one.
This is Béla Tarr's The Turin Horse, that they describe as the best films about the heaviness of human existence. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed the whipping of a horse while traveling in Turin, Italy. He tossed his arms around the horse's neck to protect it then collapsed to the ground. In less than one month, Nietzsche would be diagnosed with a serious mental illness that would make him bed-ridden and speechless for the next eleven years until his death... But whatever did happen to the horse? This film, which is Tarr's last, follows up this question in a fictionalized story of what occurred.
The Turin horse is 58th on the list and the top 10 looks like this:
10. Lady Bird
9. Mad Max: Fury Road
8. The Master
6. Holy Motors
5. Inside Llewyn Davis
4. The Act of Killing/The Look of Silence
3. Certified Copy
2. Under The Skin