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Germany | 2016 | 85 minutes | Marta Minorowicz

To pay off his family's mounting debts, an 11-year-old Mongolian boy enters a semi-wild horse race, braving the elements as he gallops across the frozen steppe in this thrilling ethnographic adventure filmed in stunning panoramic widescreen.

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On the barren and dusty steppes of Mongolia, 11-year-old Sukhbat, a good student and a tender-hearted boy, trains hard to win the local horse race. For a kid his age he has big responsibilities, helping his family in a tough and lonely landscape where most people must depend on their animals. After a hard winter kills the majority of his parents' livestock, Sukhbat is forced to leave school and move back home to help full-time. When a lucrative opportunity comes in the form of a regional horse race, Sukhbat must tame a half-wild stallion and ride him in the race to dig his family out of debt. The training process confronts Sukhbat with challenges and struggles he'd never imagined, ushers him into the world of adulthood, and intensifies the relationship between father and son. Director Marta Minorowicz uses her background in documentary filmmaking to influence her first feature film, presenting this compelling tale with naturalistic imagery that authentically depicts the nomadic people's lifestyle, their struggles, and their close relationship with nature and animals.

Director Biography
Marta Minorowicz graduated from the Andrzej Wajda Film School and Jagiellonian University (Theatre Studies).

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  • Director: Marta Minorowicz
  • Principal Cast: Batsaikhan Budee, Sukhbat Batsaikhan, Bayasgalan Batsaikhan
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Germany, Poland, Mongolia
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Ann Carolin Renninger, Thomas Kufus, Anna Wydra
  • Screenplay: Marta Minorowicz, Kenneth McBride
  • Cinematographers: Pawel Chorzepa
  • Editors: Beata Walentowska
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Mongolian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Slingshot Films