Kincsem: Bet on Revenge


Saturday, Nov. 3 at 9:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12:30pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Hungarian aristocrat and supreme horse trainer Sandor Blaskovich is killed by his former friend, Austrian officer Otto von Oettingen, while arresting him for treason. Von Oettingen takes over the Blaskovich castle with his young daughter, Klara, and Sandor’s orphaned son, Erno, is booted to a poor laborer’s cottage. Erno cannot forgive Oettingen for taking his father’s life, land, and honor, and years later he purchases and trains a magnificent horse, Kincsem, which he believes will be his winning ticket to regaining the family home. The horse grows into an unbeatable champion but proves just as wild and unruly as the now very adult Klara von Oettingen, who shows a keen interest in both Kincsem and Erno. The Hollywood Reporter writes: “(Director Gábor) Herendi uses a true story of sporting glory as the backdrop to a fictionalized romantic romp set at the peak of the Austro-Hungarian Empire…. Herendi stuffs ‘Kincsem’ with pleasingly anachronistic details: lurid Lady Gaga-level outfits that resemble steampunk BDSM fetish wear, string quartets that sound like rock bands, even a sly joke about valet parking for horses: ‘I don’t want to see a single scratch on her.’”

121 min.

Directed by

Gábor Herendi



Film Category

Eastern European Focus International Spotlight


Class Issues Romance


Historical Drama