Kazachstan

WALNUT TREE

A hymn to the lives of ordinary people in which comedic and dramatic themes interweave until the final scenes. A story about a young married couple from the wondrous and extremely picturesque region of southern Kazakhstan. Against the backdrop of villagers going about their daily business, great love is born. The two young people, respecting the history and culture of their families and ancestors, decide to get married according to the local, centuries-old tradition. For this, it is necessary to steal the future bride… Eastern cinema with a great sense of humour. read more

ALTYN KYRGHOL – Bruder Seidenstrasse

A railway line now cuts across the midst of the Kirghiz steppe where once the Silk Road ran. Four children, including their rather brash leader, set out from their native village in the mountains on a journey to the railway track. At the same time, a train makes its way across the steppe; the encounter with this train will indeed dramatically change the lives of at least two of these children. (Panorama Berlinale 2002)

 

Kirgisien/Kasachstan 2001
Regie: Marat Sarulu
80 min, 35mm, 1:1.37, sw, kirgisisch-russische OmenglU
Panorama Berlinale 2002
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BAKSY – NATIVE DANCER

Aidai is a baksy – a natural healer – who with her shamanic powers makes the lame walk and gives infertile couples children. Her clinic, set in the middle of the Kazakh steppe, is regularly frequented by the sick and worried from all over the country. When a gas station and motel are supposed to be built at that very place, Aidai disappears mysteriously. In a world that is driven by technical progress and seems to be forgetting the old tradition of the Kazakh people, Aidai fights with her dances to conserve the faith in the supernatural in her fellow people. read more

KOEZIMNING KARASY – BIOGRAFIE EINES JUNGEN AKKORDEONSPIELERS

In einer Rückschau lässt Eksen seine Erlebnisse zur Zeit der Nachkriegsjahre in einem kasachischen Dorf Revue passieren. Der große Krieg ist vorbei. Japanische Kriegsgefangene sind bei Eskens freundlichem Vater gern gesehene Gäste, weswegen er zu zwei Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt wird. Der kleine Esken spielt Akkordeon, während sich die Männer im Dorf wegen der hübschen Bibliothekarin prügeln. Doch das Akkordeon kommt bald aus der Mode. In Mode ist vielmehr das Kino mit seinen Chaplin-Filmen. – Eine Liebeserklärung an das Kino als Stätte der Begegnung und Ort der Erinnerungen. BIOGRAFIE EINES JUNGEN AKKORDEONSPIELERS erhielt beim 8. Internationalen Film Festival Innsbruck 1999 mit folgender Begründung den „Filmpreis des Landes Tirol”: „Die Jury empfindet den Film als eine poetische Botschaft aus einem zwar fernen und uns nahezu unbekannten Land, dessen Menschen uns aber dennoch vertraut werden, weil ihre Probleme, ihre Sehnsüchte und ihre Hoffnungen uns auf eine überzeugende Weise nahegebracht werden. Es handelt sich um Menschen, die versucht haben menschlich zu bleiben in einer zeit, in der Menschlichkeit ein hohes Wagnis war. Der Regisseur liefert keine runde, in sich geschlossene Geschichte, sondern Splitter der Erinnerung, wie sie sich in den Menschen eingebrannt haben. Dies tut er mit großer Sensibilität und einem behutsamen Bildrythmus, hinter dem die Kraft einer großen oralen Erzähltradition liegt.” read more

OKHOTNIK (The Hunter)

In an isolated village in the Kazakhstan mountains, Erken, a boy of 12, lives with his mother, a beautiful and alluring single woman. One night, when the mother is visited by a hunter, Erken steals the latters horse and his gun to hold up a shop. Sought by the police, he is found by the hunter who gives him a choice: to go to prison or to go and live with him in the mountains. Thus begins a voyage of initiation, in the course of which the hunter tries to pass on his taste for and understanding of life. read more

The First Rains of Spring

In the mountains of Tien Shan, hidden far away from any civilzation,lives in a small house a family of shepherds: Kuanysh, the fatherand head of the family, his wife Danagul, his oldest son Ashkatand his two sisters Aigul and Alisher. For over 10 years, shamanDergeley has lived with the family and one day she gathers thefamily around her to make her final announcement. A tale of rebirthand togetherness, framed by the nature of Kazakhstan.

KZ/JP 2013
Regie: Yerlan Nurmukhambetov
80 min, Colour, DCP, OmeU
Festival Des Neuen Heimatsfilms Freistadt 2013
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ZAPISKI PUTEVOGO OBKHODCHIKA (Notes by a Trackman)

Category: IFFI 2007, International Competition
In a small house near a railway, an old blind man lives with his son’s family. His son works as a trackman, checking the railway. For the old man, his blindness is not a handicap. He helps the family in numerous ways and even checks the railway for his son. His senses and intuition prove superior even over modern track error measurement technology. Despite that, some people consider him a burden and criticize his son for taking him seriously. Depicting the universal conflict between modern and traditional, new and old, technology and human senses, this melancholic morality filmed in Sepia proves that the blind can often see more than those blinded by the modern world, and that the elderly should not be underestimated. read more