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The River

 

 

Original title:
Ozen
Slovenian title:
Reka
Section:
FOCUS: EAST BY NORTHEAST

Country, year:
Kazakhstan, Poland, Norway, 2018
Length:
108

Directed by:
Emir Baigazin

Screenplay:
Emir Baigazin
Cinematography:
Emir Baigazin
Music:
Justyna Banaszczyk
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
Kazakh
Voting code:
Y*
Cast:
Žalgas Klanov (Aslan), Žasulan Userbajev (Jerlan), Ruslan Userbajev (Turlan), Bagdaulet Sagindikov (Murat), Sultanali Žaksibek (Kenjeh), Kuandik Kistikbajev (oce), Aida Ilijaskizi (mati), Erik Tazabekov (Kanat)
Awards:
Venice 2018, Toronto 2018


DateHourLocation 
Wed, 14.11.2018 21:30 Linhart Hall
Fri, 16.11.2018 15:00 Kosovel Hall

Deli povezavo
Description:
A story about threats to the stability of life in rural Kazakhstan posed by digital technology and how intrusions from the outside world affect age-old customs.

A family with five sons lives in a remote Kazakh village. In accordance with the Eastern tradition, the eldest son Aslan (13) becomes the father's deputy, in charge of all the work, and delegating the tasks. One day Aslan takes his brothers to the river for a swim - a moment of deep happiness. From then on, life is different. And when Kanat, an unknown cousin, unexpectedly arrives at the village, the structured life of the family begins to fall apart. Suddenly it's Kanat with his gadget who becomes the new leader, opening a door to the outer world.

"The family lives in isolation - the decision of the despotic father, who wants to shield his children from the world and its temptations. The River is not set in any specific time period. Each of the film's characters personifies a certain idea: Aslan, the oldest of the siblings, dreams of creating a paradise for his brothers, but yields to his own temptations. With his coveted gadget, Kanat, their guest from the city, arrives to the family's secluded world as a new Prometheus who represents the civilization itself." (Emir Baigazin)
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