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Direct from Locarno
2.9
150 Ratings

Dead Horse Nebula

Directed by Tarık Aktaş
Turkey, 2018
Drama
Direct from Locarno

Synopsis

When Hay was seven years old, he found a dead horse in an open field and watched his father and other adults struggle to get rid of it. Unsure of this memory, he is nonetheless influenced by this incident and, when he cuts himself during a sacrificial rite, everything comes flashing back.

Our take

Our next Locarno highlight is Dead Horse Nebula, a film as intriguing as its title. This superb exploration of memory delves into the relationship of men and nature, reaching philosophical heights through atmospheric, deceptively anecdotal vignettes––and won Aktaş the Best Emerging Director award!

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Critics reviews

What the gist of this is I must be honest that I am still uncertain, but it is immediately apparent that the director has a particular sensibility, a suppleness of style and tone with which to tell incidents that feel tinged with allegory and moral depth, if only Hay, like us, could discern the big picture.
August 07, 2018
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