THE RIVER

Emir Baigazin

Kazakhstan, Poland, Norway 113 min. min Catalan premiere

Synopsis

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.

Themes

DramaContrysideSocial Issues

Director

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)

Emir Baigazin

Film information

Int. title: Ozen
Director: Emir Baigazin
Script: Emir Baigazin
Contact: Films Boutique
With: Zhalgas Klanov, Zhasulan Userbayev, Ruslan Userbayev, Bagdaulet Sagindikov, Sultanali Zhaksybek
Country: Kazakhstan, Poland, Norway
Year: 2018
Format: DCP
Length: 113 min. min
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Catalan
Edition: 2019

Awards

Best Director Award - Orizzonti in Venice