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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2016

Jana (16) has a heart defect that could end her life at any moment. Furious at her fate, she rebels against her illness and her despairing parents. She also rejects a new treatment for fear of the side effects. When she meets the reclusive racing trainer Paul (75) and the seemingly wild stallion 'Rock My Heart', it becomes clear that she is the only one who can work with the highly sensitive animal. Paul convinces her to enter a prize race with Rock, training her to be a jockey. Although at her physical limits, Jana hides her illness from Paul. Not even her parents know of her plans. Even when her illness seems to strike her down, she doesn't let go of her dreams. She knows it takes courage to race, but it takes even more to say yes to life again.
Genre Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Director Hanno Olderdissen
Screenplay Clemente Fernandez-Gill
Cinematography Sten Mende, Sten Mende
Cast Lena Klenke, Dieter Hallervorden, Emilio Moutaoukkil, Michael Lott, Annette Frier, Milan Peschel, Anneke Kim Sarnau
Producer Boris Schönfelder
Co-Producers Christine Strobl, Marc Gabizon, David Kehrl, Antonio Exacoustos
Production Company Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion, in co-production with Degeto Film, Senator Film Produktion, ARRI Media
Shooting Dates August-October 2016
Festivals TIFF Kids 2018, Shanghai 2018
Awards People’s Choice Favourite Feature Film TIFF Kids 2018
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
German Distributor Wild Bunch Germany

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