Of Girls and Horses
“Subtle and startling.” — AfterEllen.com
Featuring a quartet of talented stars, this under-stated drama from prolific lesbian filmmaker Monika Treut deftly unfolds the coming-of-age of rebellious teen Alex (popular German TV star, Ceci Chuh). Sent away by her mother to a horse farm in the country, Alex keeps up her bad girl ways but is gradually enamored with the horses — and with the resident lesbian riding instructor, Nina (the stunning Vanida Karun) who is taking a break from her partner Christine (the equally beautiful Ellen Grell). As Nina maintains her boundaries and tries to help Alex find purpose and maturity at this crucial moment in her life, the arrival of privileged young equestrian Kathy (Alissa Wilms) presents new challenges and opportunities for Alex as she grapples with her longing for love and connection. A beautiful drama.
“The film’s gentle message – that there are ways of living that aren’t the social norm, whether this is living remotely from the city, or in terms of alternative sexuality.” — Take One
“Compelling and engaging.” — Planet London
Special Jury Mention!
Director Monika Treut, Actors Ceci Schmitz-Chuh and Alissa Wilms — Image + Nation Film Festival