1.500 deer remain in a huge farm built in the depths of a Hungarian forest. This documentary takes the pulse of the dynamics of this place, a microcosm where gravitates the conflict between humans and how they handle these wild animals.
AWARDS: Silver Dove for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution. DOK Leipzig/ Best Short Documentary. FICMEC International Environmental Film Festival/ Green Years Award. Doclisboa/ Best Documentary. Évora Int. Short Film Festival/ Silver Eye Award. Jihlava International Film Festival/ Best Short Film. ECOFEST/ Special Mention for the Signs Award. Festival International Signes de Nuit/ Shard Prize. National Film Schools Competition
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Minsk International Film Festival/ Sheffield Doc/Fest/ Visions Du Reel/ Docudays/ Minimalen Short Film Festival/ Nominated for the Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize/ Film Festival anthropology/ethnography/archaeology/ International Environmental Film Festival Green/ Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival/ International Shorts Award/ Ethnocineca – International Documentary Film Festival/ Apricot Tree International Documentary Film Festival/ Author’s International Film Festival/ ForadCamp Cinema and Nature Exhibition
"Pulse" A unique sensorial approach to a deer farm
One of Europe’s largest deer farms lies hidden in the hills of southern Hungary and houses 1,500 deer. The animals are essentially still wild. They were first caught in the forest and brought to the farm only 25 years ago – and the handling of them is a physical conflict between man and animal.
PULSE is a poetic, creative documentary playing on the line between raw reality and dreamy, sensorial experience. Through the deer farm, the film gives a close look at human-animal relations and the imperialistic way we deal with nature. The film interweaves present day footage with archive photographs from the beginning of deer farming in Hungary in the 1980s.
The story follows the beat of the rhythmic pulses transcending the deer farm: from the skittish deer to the farmers who keep them to the electric pulsation running through the fences separating the farm deer from the wild.