Windstorm (Ostwind)

Director(s): Katja von Garnier
Country: Germany
Language: German w/ English subtitles
Live Action | 2013 | 101 min
Genre: Drama, Romance
Recommended for ages 10+ (Parental Guidance: Use of expletives; adolescent struggles)

Misfit German teenager Mika is sent to live in the country with her stern grandmother, who happens to have been an Olympic equestrian. One of her grandmother’s horses, Windstorm, is just as unhappy with the world around him as Mika is with hers. Together, they find a sense of happiness that gets them through several über-dramatic ordeals. It will be difficult not to get drawn into this tale that is part “Horse Whisperer” and part “Karate Kid,” with a pinch of “National Velvet.”

PCFF Awards
2014 Audience Choice Award
Bavarian Film Awards 2014, Best Youth Film; German Film Awards 2014, Outstanding Children or Youth Film