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by Hüseyin Tabak


Mika, a ten-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, has always found it difficult to make friends — until he meets Dana, a tell-it-like-it-is girl who thinks that the weirdest thing about Mika is that he likes math. Hearing a strange sound outside his building one winter night, Mika encounters the bizarre sight of a horse standing on a balcony across the courtyard. Mika and Dana soon learn that the horse belongs to Sascha, a former math teacher who won the horse in a lottery and is eager to sell it in order to pay off a gambling debt. Forming a remarkable bond with the horse, Mika enlists Dana in a bold plan to keep the animal and help Sascha out of his trouble. This extraordinary tale of friendship reminds us that our differences are what make us who we are.

international title: A Horse on the Balcony
original title: Das Pferd auf dem Balkon
country: Austria
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Hüseyin Tabak
film run: 90'
release date: AT 23/11/2012, DE 19/09/2013
screenplay: Milan Dor
cast: Enzo Gaier, Natasa Paunovic, Nora Tschirner, Andreas Kiendl, Bibiane Zeller, Ernst Stankovski, Branko Samarovski
cinematography by: Peter von Haller
film editing: Fabian Rüdisser
art director: Julia Oberndorfinger, Attila Plangger
costumes designer: Monika Buttinger, Theresa Ebner-Lazek
music: Judit Varga
producer: Katja Dor-Helmer
production: Mini Film
backing: Film Fond Wien, ORF
distributor: Filmladen, Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH

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