Atlan and White Mane
Dir. Moein Karimoddini. 2015, 62 mins. Digital projection. In Farsi with English subtitles. In the Turkmen language, the word Atlan means “get on your horse and get going.” Karimoddini’s film details the story of young trainer, Ali, who has raised and trained his orphaned Ilhad horse for three years. They start winning horse races and are favored to win the championship; however, Ilhan suddenly becomes wild and unmanageable, refusing to even leave the starting gate. Ali undergoes intense “re-training” with Ilhad, but is forced to sell him to pay for his own already-delayed wedding. Throughout his struggles, the bond with his favorite horse is never shaken. Preceded by White Mane (Dir. Albert Lamorisse. 1952, 39 mins. 35mm). A gang of ranchers try to capture and tame the magnificent leader of a herd of wild horses, but only Folco, a young fisherman, is able to ride him. White Mane won numerous awards upon its release, including the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival. Recommended for ages 8+.
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