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WINDSTORM

by Katja von Garnier

synopsis

Mika is in rage. Not only did she fail her final exams but she and her best friend managed to set her teachers car on fire! Accidentally of course, but that doesn`t prevent her parents from canceling the previously planned summer camp. Instead Mika is cast off to the countryside, where her strict grandmother runs a stable. Even though Mika has never cared for horses in her life, she is not going to spend all summer locked up studying. Within the darkest corner of the stables Mika finds the wild and skittish stallion Windstorm. Nobody has managed to tame the ferocious beast. Magically magnetized by the fearful animal, Mika sneaks into the stallions stall. Igniting an unusual friendship, through which Mika discovers her true passion and talent: She can communicate with horses! But will she manage, against all odds, to tame Windstorm?

international title: Windstorm
original title: Ostwind
country: Germany
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Katja von Garnier
film run: 103'
release date: DE 21/03/2013
screenplay: Lea Schmidbauer, Kristina Magdalena Henn
cast: Hanna Binke, Marvin Linke, Cornelia Froboess, Tilo Prückner, Detlev Buck, Nina Kronjäger, Jürgen Vogel, Marla Menn, Henriette Morawe, Amber Bongard
cinematography by: Torsten Breuer
producer: Ewa Karlström, Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton
co-producer: Martin Moszkowicz
production: SamFilm GmbH, Constantin Film AG
backing: FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Nordmedia, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, HessenInvestFilm
distributor: Constantin Film

main awards/selection

Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2013 
Montreal International Children's Film Festival 2014 
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