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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2012

There is no doubting the power horses exert over the adolescent female imagination. The formula might be simple, but it is tried, tested and true.

OSTWIND tells the story of Mika, a 13-year-old girl who is convinced she is good at, well, nothing! Forced to rely on herself, she receives absolutely no interest, let alone support, from her parents. Yet she is a smart girl and still manages the leap into the next class at school. Academic success comes with a price, however: instead of being allowed to go to summer camp and have fun, she has to keep her schoolbooks open and study for the upcoming exams. What a way to spend the long holiday!

To make matters worse, Mika is dumped by her parents on her strict grandmother... Who just happens to own a stud farm and riding stables! Well, if that doesn’t take her mind off studying, and as long as she can keep dodging her ‘warder’, the stable boy Sam, then things could be looking up!

While exploring one day, Mika discovers, in the stable’s darkest stall, the wild and shy stallion, Ostwind. The horse is so unpredictable and dangerous not even Michelle, the best show-jumper at the stables, let alone Mika’s grandmother, can tame him.

As if drawn to the nervous animal by magic, and against all advice and warnings, Mika slips secretly into the stall and approaches Ostwind without fear. It is the start of an unusual friendship. Mika, who thought herself to be without talent, discovers her true passion and unique gift: she can speak the language of horses! But will she succeed in following her heart’s voice and, in the face of all resistance, tame Ostwind?

Genre Children & Youth, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Director Katja von Garnier
Screenplay Lea Schmidbauer, Kristina Magdalena Henn
Cinematography Torsten Breuer
Cast Hanna Höppner, Marvin Linke, Cornelia Froboess, Tilo Prückner, Detlev Buck, Nina Kronjäger, Jürgen Vogel, Marla Menn, Henriette Morawe, Amber Bongard
Producers Ewa Karlström, Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton
Co-Producer Martin Moszkowicz
Production Company SamFilm GmbH, in co-production with Constantin Film Produktion
Shooting Dates July-August 2012
Festivals Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2013, Montreal International Children's Film Festival 2014, Shanghai 2014
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2013 (Best Children's Film), German Film Award 2014 (Best Children's Film)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Nordmedia, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, HessenInvestFilm

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