Catch the Dream

Catch the Dream  {Tarok}
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Catch the Dream
Tarok
Denmark, 2013, 135 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Drama, Sports, Woman Director
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Danish English Sub-Titles

From the muddy paddocks of rural Denmark to the Prix d’Amerique in Paris, here’s the story of Denmark’s most famous racehorse and the human family behind it. We are pleased to welcome another moving historical epic from director Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis, whose "This Life" was an audience favorite at last year’s PSIFF.

A chestnut stallion, Tarok was a legendary Danish trotting champion who captured the hearts of an entire population in the 1970s. He was bred in 1972 by the Laursen family and named after their favorite game of cards. The Laursens took up harness racing after they had replaced their last plough horses with a tractor.

During his career, Tarok won 111 out of 156 races, including the Nordic as well as the European Championship in 1977. A national phenomenon, Tarok had his own fan club and he received daily letters from all over the country. Apart from the sporting pages, his name appeared on everything from stickers to clothing items. Come and catch the dream.

DIRECTOR: Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis
Producer: Regner Grasten
Editor: Andri Steinn
Screenwriter: Thorvald Lervad
Cinematographer: Morten Bruus
Music: Simon Ravn
Principal Cast: Bjarne Henriksen, Michelle Bercon, Kirsten Lehfeldt, Henrik Vestergaard, Iben Dorner, Thomas Ernst
Filmography: This Life (2012)

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