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Centaur

Centaur

Synopsis

Director

There’s a horse thief at large on the outskirts of Bishkek high up in the mountainous region of Kyrgyzstan’s capital. Otherwise not a lot happens in this small community that does at least boast a cinema. This is where stories of the war in Afghanistan, Bollywood fairy-tales from India or films by ex-Soviet director Tolomush Okeyev open up a window on the world. This is also where projectionist and horse thief Centaur lives with his deaf wife and young son. Theirs is a simple life and yet one that increasingly seems to fall foul of the jealously and intrigues of others. Centaur believes that the people of Kyrgyzstan themselves descend from centaurs, mythological half-human half-horse creatures, and that horses are, as he says, ’the wings of humankind’.

Unfolding in contemplative images, Kyrgyz director Aktan Arym Kubat’s film is an allegorical tale of humans, animals and nature trying to live together whilst caught between faith and superstition, modernity and tradition. As in his award-winning film „The Light Thief“ (PÖFF 2010) Aktan Arym Kubat himself once again plays the leading role.

Aktan Arym Kubat

(b. 1957, Kyrgyzstan) graduated from the Art Academy in Bishkek (formerly Frunze). He started working as a production designer in the 1980’s, writing his first screenplay in 1995. He has been working as a director since 1992. He gained international attention with winning the Golden Leopard of the Future at Locarno in 1993 for „The Swing“ and the Silver Leopard for „The Adopted Son“ in 1998. In 2001, he was nominated for the European Film Academy (EFA) Discovery Award. His films have been screened at various international film festivals and have received multiple awards. His fifth feature „The Light Thief“ was in competition programme at PÖFF in 2010.

Filmography

  • Gde tvoy dom
  • ulitka? (Where’s Your Home, Snail?, 1992)
  • Beshkempir (1998, Kasupoeg, PÖFF 1999)
  • Maimil (The Chimp, 2001)
  • Svet-Ake (Härra Valgus, PÖFF 2010)
  • Raj dlja mamy (Paradiis emale, PÖFF 2011)
  • Centaur (2017)

Schedule

17.11.2017
19:45 - 21:14
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 010202
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19.11.2017
21:15 - 22:44
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 031403
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23.11.2017
17:00 - 18:29
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 071901
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Countries: Kyrgyzstan, France, Germany, Netherlands, Japan
Year: 2017
Duration: 89 minutes
Language: Kirghiz
Director: Aktan Arym Kubat
Producers: Altynai Koichumanova, Cedomir Kolar, Thanassis Karathanos, Marc Baschet
Writers: Aktan Arym Kubat, Ernest Abdyjaparov
DOP: Khassan Kydyraliev
Montage: Petar Markovic
Composer: Andre Matthias
Cast: Nuraly Tursunkojoev, Zarema Asanalieva, Aktan Arym Kubat, Taalaikan Abazova, Ilim Kalmuratov
Production: Oy Art
Festivals: Berlinale, Karlovy Vary, Jerusalem

Synopsis

Director

There’s a horse thief at large on the outskirts of Bishkek high up in the mountainous region of Kyrgyzstan’s capital. Otherwise not a lot happens in this small community that does at least boast a cinema. This is where stories of the war in Afghanistan, Bollywood fairy-tales from India or films by ex-Soviet director Tolomush Okeyev open up a window on the world. This is also where projectionist and horse thief Centaur lives with his deaf wife and young son. Theirs is a simple life and yet one that increasingly seems to fall foul of the jealously and intrigues of others. Centaur believes that the people of Kyrgyzstan themselves descend from centaurs, mythological half-human half-horse creatures, and that horses are, as he says, ’the wings of humankind’.

Unfolding in contemplative images, Kyrgyz director Aktan Arym Kubat’s film is an allegorical tale of humans, animals and nature trying to live together whilst caught between faith and superstition, modernity and tradition. As in his award-winning film „The Light Thief“ (PÖFF 2010) Aktan Arym Kubat himself once again plays the leading role.

Aktan Arym Kubat

(b. 1957, Kyrgyzstan) graduated from the Art Academy in Bishkek (formerly Frunze). He started working as a production designer in the 1980’s, writing his first screenplay in 1995. He has been working as a director since 1992. He gained international attention with winning the Golden Leopard of the Future at Locarno in 1993 for „The Swing“ and the Silver Leopard for „The Adopted Son“ in 1998. In 2001, he was nominated for the European Film Academy (EFA) Discovery Award. His films have been screened at various international film festivals and have received multiple awards. His fifth feature „The Light Thief“ was in competition programme at PÖFF in 2010.

Filmography

  • Gde tvoy dom
  • ulitka? (Where’s Your Home, Snail?, 1992)
  • Beshkempir (1998, Kasupoeg, PÖFF 1999)
  • Maimil (The Chimp, 2001)
  • Svet-Ake (Härra Valgus, PÖFF 2010)
  • Raj dlja mamy (Paradiis emale, PÖFF 2011)
  • Centaur (2017)