Original Title: Suleyman gora
Directed by: Elizaveta Stishova
Runtime: 102 minutes
Country: Russia, Kyrgyzstan
Language: Kyrgyz, Russian with English subtitles
Rating: NC16 (Some Coarse Language)
EAST OF THE WEST COMPETITION
BEST FILM & FEDEORA AWARD (Award of the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean)
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
BEST FILM (Crouching Tigers section)
Pingyao International Film Festival 2017
The titular setting of this tragicomic family film is a mystical destination for many, thought to cure everything from barrenness to back pain. However, middle-aged spiritual healer Zhipara is going to need something more than sacred to keep her family together. Aside from a philandering, hard drinking, gambler husband, Karabas, she has to contend with his younger, pregnant and jealous second wife. To keep her place, Zhipara claims to have found her long-lost son Uluk in an orphanage. With his supposed heir’s return, Karabas happily takes everyone on a roadtrip to swindle superstitious villagers. But Uluk, having cultivated a memory of a “good” family, disagrees with the adults’ childish and scheming ways. With one disgruntled child and another on the way, the grown-ups are forced to question their parental desires and abilities.
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