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Hördur (Hördur - Zwischen den Welten)

DFI Cinema

/ Feature Narrative / Germany / 2015 / 80 min / Colour / DCP
In German / Arabic, English subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.

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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.

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