THE RIVER

THE RIVER

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 for good.

Best Director Award - Orizzonti in Venice
Catalan premiere
Eligible for: Premi del públic

Emir Baigazin

Emir Baigazin

(Kazakhstan, 1984) Emir Baigazin studied at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts in Almaty, majoring in film direction and cinema. In September 2007, he studied in the Asian Film Academy (AFA) at the Busan IFF. Baigazin’s debut feature Harmony Lessons (D’A 2014) was supported by the World Cinema Fund and celebrated its premiere in the Berlinale Competition 2013, where it won a Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution.

FILMOGRAPHY

The River (2018), Would You Like to Stargaze? (2017), Wounded Angel (2016), Harmony Lessons (2013, D’A 2014)

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María Antón Cabot

Best movie in the section Revoluciones Permanentes of the Seville Festival, a film about teenage love and sex in these uncertain times.

ALICE T.

Radu Muntean

One of the most outstanding directors of the new wave of Romanian cinema films here an intense moral drama that explores the affective shock between a mother and her adopted daughter.

AMANDA

Mikhaël Hers

Vincent Lacoste offers one of the best performances of his career with this emotional drama about mourning and France hit by violence, far from all sentimentality. An essential film.