Der Schriftsteller und Professor Olmi leidet an einer existentiellen und künstlerischen Krise. Seine schwangere Frau erwischt ihn bei seiner Geliebten und freundet sich mit der vermeintlichen Rivalin an. Olmis Verwirrung erhöht sich, als sein sterbender Freund ihn darum bittet, über seine schöne Frau zu wachen. Auf der Suche nach ihr begegnet er in einer surrealen Traumreise den Frauen seines Lebens. Die anfänglich humoristisch-realistische Erzählweise wechselt rasch in einen phantastischen Ton, Vorstellung und Erleben durchdringen einander. Immer wieder findet sich Olmi im Wachzustand an unwirklich scheinenden Orten und die karge Steppenlandschaft Usbekistans öffnet sich ihm in symbolischen Bildern: die Natur, Mutter Erde – Frauen überall… Seine imaginäre oder wirkliche Reise konfrontiert ihn mit einer seltsamen Frage: Eine Frau lieben oder alle? (nach: trigon film) Yusup Razykov (1957) studierte Philologie in Taschkent, arbeitete als Regisseur (TV) und Drehbuchautor. Wie viele andere zentralasiatische Regisseure war Razykov Schüler von Sergej Solojew. Filmographie (Auswahl): THE LADDER IN THE HOUSE WITH A LIFT (1983 Kurzfilm), I AM GUILTY (1993), ORATOR (1999) read more


Sanam’s grandmother predicts that little Toshtemir is going to become Sanam’s husband one day. Sanam reacts with horror, but years later she “assists” Toshtemir with his circumcision. Now the villagers don’t doubt that the two are made for each other. But when Sanam and Toshtemir reach the marriage-able age Toshtemir cannot bring himself to propose officially, believing a man has to “conquer” his future wife. Outraged at Toshtemir’s hesitation, Sanam announces that she is going to marry the man who wins the forthcoming wrestling-tournament. Toshtemir knows his chance has come. And indeed he beats a much stronger man. read more


An old movie theatre in a remote Karakalpak town is just a reminder of a once huge cinema industry. The Aral Sea next to the theatre has dried out, the country has changed. FELLINI is about the owner of the cine-ma, nicknamed „Fellini“, whose love of films gives meaning to his life. He creates his own filmworld from pieces of old films.

Usbekistan 2000
Regie: Nazim Abbasov
93 min, 35mm, Farbe, usbekisch-russische OmenglU
Nazim Abbasov (1962) studierte an der VGIK in Moskau, seit 1984 Mitarbeit an zahlreichen Filmen der staatlichen Filmproduktion „Uzbekkino“.
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An old horse healer comes to the side of a very ill white horse. He dreams of giving him back his freedom, but also imagines that the horse’s last breath may be for the morrow. The healer prays Allah, feeds the horse during the night, and the beautiful stallion gradually comes back to life. Soon he will be able to gallop with the other wild horses of the herd. The story is a fable reminding us how much the horse is vital in Ouzbekistan.

Uzbekistan 2001
Regie: Turaniyoz Kalimbetov
20 min, 35mm, Farbe, ohne Dialog
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This film is about the little girl Oydinoy, who lives in an Uzbek alpine village. Every morning Oydinoy leaves the house hoping that today she will be allowed to attend school. But she is not allowed because she is only 5. Oydinoy dances beautifully, plays the violin and makes amazing dolls. She lives in a dream world surrounded by wonderful people and animals, everything is kind and poetical. Barriers do not change her philosophy of life. The image of Oydinoy is hope and faith in this amazing and beautiful world. read more


Turaniyoz Kalimbetov, the Uzbek director who came to IFFI 2003, made a short film about a well – with a video camera presented to him by the guests of last year’s Innsbruck Film Festival.

Uzbekistan 2003
Regie: Turaniyoz Kalimbetov
24 min, Video, Farbe, OF


For generations Qurol Ota´s family has been teaching pottery. Ever since going blind, his son Fakhritdin has continued the traditional family business. To him pottery is not only a job to make a living but also a philosophy in which you have to spin the pottery wheel fast and consistently. The wheel has to obey the legs and the hands produce a piece of art for eternity. He says that one creates a new world; one holds a whole world in hands. Life goes by, but tradition persists as long as there is love and therefore a descendant.
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