Murder, passion and horse racing

movie & TV May 10, 2018 12:10

By The Nation

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TK Park, on the eighth floor of CentralWorld, continues its “Contemporary World Film Series” on May 19, screening “Kincsem – Bet For Revenge” from Hungary, at its film auditorium at 3pm.

Kincsem is the name of the most famous thoroughbred racehorse in Hungary, which became a national icon (“Kincsem” means “My Treasure” in Hungarian). It won fame around the world for not losing a single one of its 54 races, in the 1870’s – a record that has still not been broken, globally. It’s known the world over, as the “Miracle Horse”.

Many books and tributes have been written about the legendary horse, and it took director Gabor Herendi seven years to write the script of this unique movie. The movie portrays the pulsating life of horse racing, and within it, a stormy love story between two rivals woven into the political fabric of the country.

In the opening scene, aristocratic horse trainer Sando Blaskovich is shot dead by his former military comrade Count Otto von Oettingen, after the Hungarian Revolution. A witness to the murder, Blaskovich’s young son Erno loses everything including his palatial family home, which now becomes the property of his father’s slayer.

The film jumps 20 years, when Erno has become a dandy and womaniser, who frequents the top brothels of the country. He is a happy-go-lucky man, even though he is always short of money.

Erno’s life changes, when he encounters Kara, the tough and spirited daughter of Count Oettingen, and Kincsem, a wild and seemingly untameable horse. And while he is taming the horse and making him a world champion, he falls in love with Klara and plots his revenge on the man who murdered his dad. 

The screening of “Kincsem-Bet for Revenge” is supported by the Embassy of Hungary, which will serve snacks and drinks. Hungarian ambassador Dr Peter Jakab will introduce the film.

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