“In the award-winning three-hour long meditative narrative of alienation and spatial displacement, Kyrgyz filmmaker Marat Sarulu revisits the issues of family and personal and national identity at the center of his earlier films “Song from the Southern Seas” (“Pesn’ iuzhnykh morei”, 2008), “Rough River, Placid Sea” (“Burnaia reka, bezmiatezhnoe more”, 2004), and “My Brother, the Great Silk Road” (“Brat moi, shelkovyi put”, 2001). Sarulu tells the “small tragedy” of a small family, made even smaller by the ascetic geometry of the panoramic landscapes against which it is set: the five-year-old Ainazik (Ainazik Bekbalaeva), her grandfather Sagyn-bayke (Sagyndyk Makekadyrov) and her mother Perizat (Perizat Ermanbetova).(…) In their devastating beauty, the derelict outskirts of Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, are somewhat reminiscent of the outskirts of industrialized Ravenna, where Michelangelo Antonioni filmed “Red Desert” (1964), his story of human alienation and dissolution set against an industrial background. (…) While Antonioni’s film is focused on the discontent of the middle-class, Sarulu’s characters are what Kyrgyz people sometimes call by the derogatory term myrk, which can be roughly translated as “bumpkin,” or “country trash.(…)” (Anna Nieman, KinoKultura)

Thursday, 03.12.2015 – 7.15 pm, Screen 8 (presented by Philip Gröning) – in the presence of director Marat Sarulu
Friday, 04.12.2015 – 7.15 pm, Screen 8



+++ Berlin Premiere +++



OT: Köch, 2014
Country: Kirgizia
Production: Kyrgyzfilm Studio, Mandala Films Company
Cast: Sagyndyk Makekadyrov, Perizat Ermanbetova, Ainazik Bekbalaeva
Format: DCP / Coulour
Length: 178 min.
Language: Kirghizian OV / English subtitles
World Sales: Marat Sarulu
Distribution Germany: tba
Festivals: Tallinn, Busan, Rotterdam, Munich, New Horizons Polen, Cinemalaya etc.
Awards: Tallinn Best Director, Tallinn Netpac Award