The film will follow the journey of Noah, an autistic child who rarely talks and isn’t improving despite his parents’ efforts to connect with him. When Jonathan notices that Noah is more peaceful and seems more able to communicate while with horses, he sets off to take his family through the Mongolian plains to meet shamans in order to communicate with his son.
Joel Kinnaman will star alongside Léa Seydoux. Both seem to be playing the parents of Noah.
The Horse Boy will be directed by Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman, whose film Waltz With Bashir was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature Film in 2008. This will be Folman’s first live-action movie.
The script is based on Ruper Isaacsson’s New York Times bestseller. Folman described the film as a passion project, saying ““Horse Boy’ is a love story about a man and a woman who, against all odds are willing to take the biggest possible risk, not only to rescue their son, but to rescue their love for each other, their memories of the bond they used to share.”
Gaumont, France 2 Cinéma, Zentropa Sweden, Israel’s Pie Films, Belgium’s Proximus and Monte Rosso Production are co-producing, in association with Film i Väst and the Swedish Film Institute. Film i Väst will host a big press lunch to present Horse Boy on Saturday.
The Horse Boy will shoot from October in Sweden, the U.K., and Mongolia.