Kelin by Ermek Tursunov (Kazakhstan, 2009, 84 min.). Set in the forbidding Altai mountains of Kazakhstan, in a pre-historic society that does not use language, Kelin is a love triangle told without words. Sold by her father to the richer of her suitors, Kelin is sent to live in the yurt of her husband, with his mother and young brother, and discovers the pleasures and challenges of married life. But the other suitor, whom Kelin loves and who has sworn a blood oath to have her, comes looking for her, with fatal results. With subtle acting, poignant gesture, stunning visuals, and an unusual palette of sounds, it is a masterfully orchestrated story of sensuality and survival. The directorial debut of Ermek Tursunov, one of Kazakhstan's leading scriptwriters, this film was short listed in the Best Foreign Language Film category in the 2009 Academy Awards, and was an official selection at numerous festivals, including Toronto. Discussion with Kazakh director Ermek Shinarbaev follows screening.

Flowers of the Steppe: A Festival of Kazakh Cinema


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