Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1h 33m
‘Wild’ is certainly an apt word to include in the title of this particular film — it's director Ivo Marloh’s documentary of the Mongol Derby, a death-defying 1000km horseback race across Mongolia.
Those entering are mostly adrenaline-fuelled westerners. They’re all tracked on GPS by a team of doctors and vets, but the safety of the event ends there. One rider breaks their collar bone on the first day, while another punctures her lung.
Ivo Marloh is one of those documentary-makers who is always there in the right place at the right time for the most dramatic moments, and the many occasions the horses refuse to be mounted. One of his greatest assets in the film is the contrasting personalities in the race, whether it’s young Texan, Devan Horn, who came second in the race last year and will stop at nothing to win this time around. Or the South African Monde Kanyana, who appears to share a spiritual bond with the horses, being able to calm even the most untamed.
Marloh is also sure to capture some wonderful shots of the rolling steppes and mountain ranges, to offset some of the tension. A truly unique film.
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