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OF GIRLS AND HORSES (VON MÄDCHEN UND PFERDEN)

OF GIRLS AND HORSES
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Alex is a 16-year-old misfit, a school drop-out – she's been using drugs, cutting herself and is a general failure. Now, her adoptive mother has put her in an internship at a Northern German farm to work with horses as her last chance to find a balance in life. There she meets Nina, her teacher, a 30-something lesbian, a horse lover, who needs a break from her partner Christine and their city-life. After Alex hates being at this remote farm in the middle of nowhere, she slowly connects with the horses. Then, an upper-class girl, Kathy, arrives at the farm for a vacation with her own beautiful horse. At first Alex dislikes privileged Kathy, but slowly the unlike girls start a friendship. One weekend they’re alone at the farm and things get out of control.

A coming-of-age story with girls and horses in the stark environment at the most Northern tip of Germany at the ocean near the Danish border.


Monika Treut was born in Moenchengladbach in 1954 and studied Literature and Politics at the University of Marburg, graduating with a PhD in 1982. A selection of her films includes: SEDUCTION: THE CRUEL WOMAN (1985), VIRGIN MACHINE (1988), MY FATHER IS COMING (1991), FEMALE MISBEHAVIOR (1992), EROTIQUE (1994), DANISH GIRLS SHOW EVERYTHING (1996), DIDN'T DO IT FOR LOVE (1997), GENDERNAUTS (1999), WARRIOR OF LIGHT (2002), ENCOUNTER WITH WERNER SCHROETER (2003), JUMP CUT – A TRAVEL DIARY (2004), TIGERWOMEN GROW WINGS (2005), MADE IN TAIWAN (2005), GHOSTED (2009), THE RAW AND THE COOKED (2012), and OF GIRLS AND HORSES (2014). In between films, she serves as a visiting professor at colleges and universities in the US.
Genre Coming-of-Age Story, LGBT, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Monika Treut
Screenplay Monika Treut
Cinematography Birgit Möller
Cast Ceci Chuh, Alissa Wilms, Vanida Karun, Ellen Grell
Producers Monika Treut, Björn Koll
Production Companies Hyena Films/Hamburg, Salzgeber & Co. Medien/Berlin
Length 82 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Turin LGBT Film Festival 2014, Frameline Int. LGBT Festival San Francisco 2014, Cambridge 2014, Créteil 2015
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

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