The Adopted Son

an AKTAN ABDYKALYKOV picture

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Title

The Adopted Son

Director

Aktan Abdykalykov

Producer

Irizbaï Alibaev, Cedomir Kolar, Marc Bashet, Frédérique Dumas

Nationality

Kyrgyzstan, France

Year

1998

Duration

81'

Language

Kyrgyz

Format

Dolby

Ratio

Original Title

Beshkempir

Synopsis

Synopsis


The people of Kyrgyzstan have an ancient tradition: the parents of a large family offer a baby to a childless couple. As a ritual, five old women pass the baby over their bent knees and name it “Beshkempir” (which means five old women)… Azate lives a happy childhood in his small village. One day, he learns he is an adopted son and his life is turned upside down. Uncertain about his identity, he is alienated by this loss and unhappiness from his family and friends and the girl he is so crazy about.

Stills

Press

"With a soundtrack filled with the sounds of nature, and frequent images of the wind in the trees, the movie transports you back to an age when, no matter how sophisticated your environment might have been, your experience of the natural world was fresh and filled with sense of discovery, an age when time seemed to open up endlessly…What this gentle, touching film shows is a group of hard-working human beings living their lives and experiencing the same family and peer-group pressures that apply to people everywhere"

The New York Times

"Beautifully filmed…How the boy copes is at the heart of this short-but-sweet tale"

New York Daily

Festivals
& Awards

Locarno IFF
Silver Leopard

Tokyo IFF
Special Mention

Vienna International Film Festival
Public Prize

Audience Award, Procirep Award
Angers European First Film Festival

Buenos Aires International Festival of Indie Cinema

Singapore IFF
FIPRESCI Prize
Special Mention, Silver Screen & Young Cinema Awards

Cottbus Film Festival
Grand Prize

Gijón International Film Festival

Sundance International Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Albina Imasheva
Adyr Abylkassimov
Bakyt Djylkytchiev
Mirlan Tchynkodjoïev
Taalai Mederov
Director Aktan Abdykalykov
Screenplay Aktan Abdykalykov, Avtandil Adikoulov,
Marat Sarouluo
Producers Irizbaï Alibaev, Cedomir Kolar,
Marc Bashet, Frédérique Dumas
Director Of Photography Khassan Kydyraliev
Set Design Emil Tilevov
Sound Bakyt Niyaraliyev, Gaukhar Sidikova
Editor Tilek Mabetova
Original Music Nourlan Nyshanov

Releases

USA - Fox Lorber

10.02.1999

France - Cara M

10.02.1999

Canada - Mongrel

31.08.1998