reż|dir Marta Minorowicz | PL, DE | 2016 | 85 min
prod|pro Anna Wydra, Ann Carolin Renninger, Thomas Kufus scen|wr Marta Minorowicz, Kenneth McBride zdj|ph Paweł Chorzępa mon|ed Beata Walentowska ob|cast Batsaikhan Budee, Sukhbat Batsaikhan, Bayasgalan Batsaikhan, Bayajikh Batsaikhan, Baljinnyam Nyam-Ochir dys|dis Against Gravity


11-year old Sukhbat lives on the vast Mongolian steppe together with his nomadic family and their livestock. When Sukhbat isn’t helping his parents on their ranch he spends time either playing in the desolate landscapes or attending school in the nearby city. Life is harsh and the increasingly unrelenting winters have killed off huge hoards of the family‘s livestock. Sukhbat‘s father Batsaikhan has no other choice than to look for other ways to survive. Victory in the regional horse races would bring wealth and prestige to the family. He trains Sukhbat to tame and ride a wild horse in a bid to win the race, putting the family‘s hopes and future into the child‘s hands. For Sukhbat, this new responsibility means facing a life dictated by unforgiving traditions and nature. No one remains unscathed after being confronted by the power of the Mongolian steppe.

2016 Berlin International Film Festival – nominated for the Crystal Bear (Generation Kplus section)

Marta Minorowicz (1979) Documentary film director. She studied Theatre at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and completed a documentary film course at the Wajda School. Her documentary “A Piece of Summer” (2010) was awarded at the festival in ClermontFerrand, the DOK festival in Leipzig and at the ‘Man in Danger’ media festival.

© Festiwal Filmu i Sztuki Dwa Brzegi Kazimierz Dolny Janowiec nad Wisłą
Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow