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Original title: Ostwind
German title: Ostwind
Germany, 2013

Director: Garnier, Katja von
Production company: SamFilm
Co-producers: Constantin Film
Age recommendation: 8 years and up

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?

Marketing strategies:
765.000 tickets sold in Germany.

White Elephant Award Munich 2013, Chicago ICFF 2013, Golden Elephant CFF India 2013 (awarded), Oulu 2013, Jeugdfilmfestival Antwerp & Bruges 2014 (awarded), Tumbleweeds Utah 2014, FIFEM Montreal 2014, TIFF Kids Toronto 2014, EFA Young Audience Award 2014 (nomination), Golden Sparrow CFF Erfurt/Gera 2014, Tel Aviv ICFF 2014, Seoul IYFF 2014, Discovery Dundee 2014

World sales address/es:
Attraction Distribution (CDN)

Sold to:
Constantin (DE)
Constantin (AT)
Katholisches Filmwerk (DE)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (DE)