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OZEN / The River

OZEN / The River

Five brothers living under the watch of an authoritarian father find their delicate dynamic threatened by the presence of the outside world in Emir Baigazin’s hypnotic family portrait. The final chapter in a trilogy of films depicting teenage life in rural Kazakhstan, Baigazin combines moments of surrealism with political allegory to illustrate why the economically depressed steppes of post-Soviet Kazakhstan might not be the best place to start a family. A rigorously composed and austere film about power and persuasion, The River casts a spell that will entice admirers of uncompromising cinema. (Patrick Gamble, Little White Lies)

Emir Baigazin
Born in Kazakhstan in 1984, Emir Baigazin worked as an actor at the theatre before studying film and television directing at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts in Almaty. In 2007 he was selected to participate in the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea, and he is an alumnus of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2013 his feature debut “Harmony Lessons” screened in Competition at the Berlinale. 

Film Selection: Ozen (The River, 2018) - Ranenyy Angel (Wounded Angel, 2015) - Uroki Garmonii (Harmony Lessons, 2013)

European Panorama Fiction

Emir Baigazin

Kazakhstan / Poland / Norway 2018
108 minutes
Kazakh
OmeU

Screenplay
Cinematography
Emir Baigazin
Editing
Emir Baigazin
Sound
Daut Zhantasov
Music
Justyna Banaszczyk
Cast
Zhalgas Klanov, Eric Tazabekov, Zhasulan Userbayev, Ruslan Userbayev, Bagdaulet Sagindikov, Sultanali Zhaksybek, Kuandyk Kystykbayev, Aida Iliyaskyzy
Producers
Emir Baigazin, Klaudia Smieja, Hilde Berg, Ludmila Cvikova

Trailer
Website

Production

Emir Baigazin Production, Madants, Norsk Filmproduksjon, Ludmila Cvikova C&P
World Sales

Films Boutique

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere