Germany / German / 2015 / 80 mins /
Colour / DCP
A Turk in a Germany that often tolerates immigrants less than kindly and a misfit in high school, where the mockery of one’s peers is always a weighty burden, at 17 Aylin is having it tough. There’s trouble at home too – her mother has died, her father has trouble finding work and she has to care for her little brother, adorable though he may be. One day, when a particularly mean girl’s taunting goes one step too far, Aylin snaps and is required to carry out community service as penance for her transgressions.
Assigned to help out at a horse farm, she immediately finds herself at odds with the gruff manager – but eventually, she develops a friendship with a beautiful Icelandic pony named Hördur, through which she gains the discipline and confidence to overcome some of her everyday troubles.
When a riding competition appears on the horizon, Aylin’s newfound enthusiasm drives her to try to participate, but new obstacles appear in her path. ‘Hördur’ is a wonderfully gentle story, its pleasures gradually building as Aylin’s outlook on life becomes increasingly joyful – and occasionally a little comical. It’s a reminder that, with the right support and the right attitude, we can accomplish anything we set our minds to.
Director: Ekrem Ergün was born in Heide, Germany, in 1979, and grew up in Turkey and in Berlin. He studied Media Science at the University of Potsdam, which he followed up with acting classes in Berlin. After numerous acting engagements on stage and screen, he launched Storming Donkey Productions with his partner, Stefanie Plattner. ‘Hördur’ marks Ergün’s debut feature-length film as a director.
Producer: Stefanie Plattner
Screenwriter: Dorothea Nölle
Cinematographer: Eric Ferranti
Editor: Sabine Brose
Music: Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel
Cast: Almila Bagriacik, Hilmi Sözer, Felicitas Woll, Noë Chalkidis
With special guest Almila Bagriacik.