Nine-year-old Aligermaa and her family live on the Mongolian steppes where they breed horses, in harmony with the harsh nature surrounding them. Aligermaa adores and dreams of horses, and is happily surprised when her family enroll her in the annual horse race during the national festival of Naadam. Aligermaa is proud, but also a little nervous, especially when she learns that she will train with the famous horse trainer Sodnom – and that she will be riding the white stallion. But on a stormy night before the race Aligermaa's horse is attacked and wounded, and suddenly nothing seems certain.

The Adventures of Aligermaa is a vivid and thrilling documentary. The filmmakers seemingly had close contact with the main characters and their culture, and the result is a heartfelt film with breathtaking panoramas and a captivating storyline. Please note that the film is dubbed in Norwegian.



Andra Aija Lasmanis (b. 1957) studied film at the university of Stockholm and cinematography at Dramatiska Institutet. She has been working as a consultant at the Swedish Film Institute, and throughout her career she has been the director of photography on approximately 30 films. The Adventures of Aligermaa is her sole movie as a director and earned her a Guldbagge in 1999.

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Original title Aligermaas äventyr – i vildhästarnas dal

Country Sweden, Denmark

Year 1998

Director Andra Lasmanis

Screenplay Staffan Julén, Andra Lasmanis

Cinematography Andra Lasmanis

Producer Anna Eriksson, Palle Vedel

Cast Lena Klingvall

Production Company Manden Med Cafaen, Migma Film AB, Svenska Filminstitutet (SFI)

Distribution Arthaus

Runtime 1h 6m

Language Norwegian

Subtitles Norwegian

Genre Documentary, Family

Format 35mm

Age limit 6

Links IMDb

This film is in competition for the Audience Award.

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