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26 min. I Hungary I 2016

One of Europe’s largest deer farms lies hidden in the hills of southern Hungary and is home to more than 1,500 strong red 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 still 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 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.

Doc Alliance / GuideDoc / Films for Change

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Director : Robin Petré
Producer : Robin Petré/Doc Nomads
Editing : Robin Petré
Cinematography :
Robin Petré
Sound Design : Rudolf Varhegyi
Music by : András Emszt
Creative Consultants : Tamás Almási, Péter Forgács, Attila Kékesi, Karen Everett, Tamás Kollányi


59th DOK Leipzig
Leipzig, Germany 2016
Silver Dove for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution,
International Competition for Short Documentary and Animation

19th FICMEC International Environmental Film Festival
Canary Islands, Spain 2017
Best Short Documentary Film

14th FIKE Évora International Short Film Festival
Évora, Portugal 2017
Best Documentary

20th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
Industry Section; Jihlava, Czech Republic 2016
Silver Eye Award/Best Short Documentary

14th Doclisboa
Lisbon, Portugal 2016
Green Years Award

Bucharest, Romania 2016
Best Short Film

14th Festival International Signes de Nuit
Paris, France 2016
Special Mention for the Signs Award

23rd Listapad - Minsk International Film Festival
Minsk, Belarus 2016
International Film School Award (shared prize)

Sheffield Doc/Fest
Sheffield, UK 2016
Nominated for the Student Doc Award

47th Visions du Réel
Nyon, Switzerland 2016
Nominated in the Premier Pas competition

29th Minimalen Short Film Festival
Trondheim, Norway 2017
Nominated in the Nordic Competition

14th Docudays International Human Rights Doc Film Fest
Kyiv, Ukraine 2017
Nominated for the Docu/Short Award

15th Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival
Bristol, UK 2017
Nominated for the Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize

19th Mecal Pro – Barcelona Int. Short and Animation Film Festival
Barcelona, Spain 2017
Nominated in the International Competition

22nd International Environmental Film Festival Green Vision
St. Petersburg, Russia 2017
Nominated in the International Competition

Vienna, Austria 2017
Nominated for the International Short Film Award

Apricot Tree International Documentary Film Festival
Yerevan/Ujan, Armenia 2017
Nominated in the International Competition

6th ForadCamp Cinema & Nature Exhibition
Figáro-Montmany, Spain 2017
Nominated for the International Shorts Award

BIFED - Bozcaada Int. Festival of Ecological Documentary
Bozcaada, Turkey, October 2017
Nominated in the International Competition

FIC AUTOR - Author’s International Film Festival
Guadalajara, Mexico 2017
Nominated in the Int. Short Documentary Competition

26th Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA 2017

14th BOGOSHORTS - Bogotá Short Film Fest
Bogotá, Colombia 2016

24th European Film Festival Palic
Palic, Serbia 2017

20th CinemAmbiente
Turin, Italy 2017

7th Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival
São Paulo, Brazil 2018

11th Cinéma Vérité Iran International Documentary Film Festival
Tehran, Iran 2017

11th Cinema Planeta Festival Int. de Cine y Medio Ambiente de México
Cuervanaca, Mexico 2019

Tokyo Documentary Film Festival
Tokyo, Japan 2018

6th Lakeside Doc Festival
Naukuchiata, Himalaya, India 2018

Docu Memento
Tokyo, Japan 2017

Whakapapa Film Festival
Irsina, Italy 2018

Hebrides International Film Festival.
Hebrides, Scotland 2017

FIDÉ Festival Internacional do Documentário Estudantil
Curitiba, Brazil 2017

BIDF - Budapest International Documentary Festival
Budapest, Hungary 2016

Eindhoven, Netherlands 2017

14th World Film Festival
Tartu, Estonia 2017

Festival International Signes de Nuit
Chambéry, France 2016

MOV - International Student Film Festival of Pernambuco
Recife, Brazil. 2017