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Das Pferd auf dem Balkon

A horse on the balcony

Producer: Mini Film
Financing: Austrian production
Year: 2011
Grant amount: € 380.000
Category: Spielfilm
Genre: adventure, Family Entertainment
Director: Hüseyin Tabak
Writer: Milan Dor
Cinematographer: Peter von Haller
Key cast: Enzo Gaier, Nataša Paunović, Andreas Kiendl, Nora Tschirner, Bibiana Zeller, Murathan Muslu, Alexander Fennon, Sir Jasper Command
Locations: Vienna, Lower Austria
Release (AT): 23.11.2012

Mika, age 10, is afflicted with a light form of autism making it hard to communicate with others but giving him a great talent for mathematics. One winter night Mika hears a whinny and on the neighbouring balcony sees a horse. To solve the mystery he teams up with Dana, a lively girl who loves to imagine herself an Indian princess, and finds out that the horse has been won in a lottery by a new neighbour, Sascha, former mathematician and gambler who wants to sell it to pay his debts. Mika becomes fond of the animal and offers to help Sascha take care of it. The two discover that the horse is a thoroughbred called Bucephalus. Although too old to race, the horse would be a perfect companion for Mika. But the boy and his single mother, Lara, can’t afford to keep a horse. Bucephalus seems destined for the slaughterhouse but Mika and Dana do everything possible to save him.

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