One of Europe’s largest deer farms lies hidden in the hills of southern Hungary and houses 1,500 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 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 imperialistic 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.


Silver Dove for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution, DOK Leipzig, Germany, 2016;
Green Years Award, Doclisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016;
Silver Eye Award, Industry section, Jihlava Int. Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2016;
Best Short Film, ECOFEST, Bucharest, Romania, 2016;
Special Mention for the Signs Award, Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris, France, 2016;
Best Short Documentary, FICMEC, Canary Islands, 2017.

Robin Petré

Robin Petré is an award-winning Danish director and writer. Born and raised in the scenic Scandinavian countryside, she is particularly interested in the natural world and how we co-exist with nature. She holds an MA in Documentary Film Directing from Doc Nomads (Erasmus Mundus), the European mobile film school. A traveler at heart, she has studied and worked with film and media in eleven countries across five continents, including Australia, Ecuador, Hungary, the USA and more.


Narcisso, 2013
Gyula, 2014
What remains, 2015
PULSE, 2015
Distant Water, 2017


Film Details:

Hungary, 2015, 26’
in Hungarian w/ Eng./Arm. subtitles

Director and Scriptwriter: Robin Petré
Producer: Robin Petré
Director of Photography: Robin Petré
Original Music: András Emszt
Editor: Robin Petré
Sound: Rudolf Vahegyi
Production Company: Doc Nomads