World Premiere

The Road to Eden

Local title
Teekond Eedenisse
Original title
Akyrky koch
Director
Dastan Zhapar Uulu, Bakyt Mukul
Country
Kyrgyzstan
Year
2020
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION
Genre
/mängufilm/

"The Road to Eden" synthesises the values of life from stardust that remains of meritorious people at the end of their creative life.

With soul-nourishing sensitivity, the film presents the story of renowned writer Kubat who is losing people from beside him every day of his retirement. Kubat has to choose whether to give up his last property to save his fellow writer and friend or his younger brother. The like-minded writer who is fighting for his life in a sickbed is ready to carry on Kubat’s mental legacy, while his brother, fleeing huge debts and the fists collecting those debts, would help preserve family ties.

The film offers the audience much more than just its initial promise about the thickness of blood and water. The associative solutions of "The Road to Eden" engage in a captivating dialogue with the essential burden of a tormented genius. Kubat’s room at the home for the elderly is similar to Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom at Arles’ and the fate of both men is that the value of their creation only starts growing after their death, valuating its author posthumously. Calmly facing his inevitable death, Kubat embarks on his last journey which becomes larger than life while counterposing the ancient and the new on the backdrop of extraordinarily incisive camerawork.

Elise Eimre

Director
Dastan Zhapar Uulu, Bakyt Mukul
Screenwriter
Dastan Zhapar Uulu, Bakyt Mukul
Cast
Marat Alyshpaev, Bakyt Mukul, Shaiyr Kasymalieva, Busurman Odurakaev, Anara Azhykanova
Producer
Bakyt Mukul, Elnura Osmonalieva, Dastan Zhapar Uulu
DoP
Dastan Zhapar Uulu
Editor
Aktan Ryskeldiev
Runtime
Language
Kyrgyz
Director
Dastan Zhapar Uulu
Director
Bakyt Mukul

Bakyt Mukul (snd 1965) on Kõrgõstani näitleja ja filmirežissöör, ta on lõpetanud draamanäitleja õpingud 1993. Dastan Zhapar Uulu (snd 1988) on samuti Kõrgõstani filmitegija, lõpetanud 2010 Kõrgõstani Riikliku Kunstiinstituudi, kus ta spetsialiseerus teatrile ja kinokunstile. Mõlemad on Kõrgõstani Filmilavastajate Ühingu ja Austraaliast juhitava Asia Pacific Screen Academy (APSA) ühingu liikmed. 2016 tegid mehed oma esimese koostööfilmi „A Father's Will“, mis pälvis debüütfilmide peapreemia Montreali filmifestivalil ja seejärel veel üle 30 rahvusvahelise auhinna. „Teekond Eedenisse“ on meeste teine koostööfilm.

Koostöös: Atanyn Kereezi (A Father's Will, 2016), Akyrky koch (The Road to Eden, 2020)

Screenings

iSense hall Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening120101 / Teekond Eedenisse
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Estonia
Screening125001 / Teekond Eedenisse
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall 4 LUXE Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening160301 / Teekond Eedenisse
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall Electric Cinema Tartu
Screening172201 / Teekond Eedenisse
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Trailer