The River (Ozen) (2018)

  • November 21, 2021 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Sunday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Directed by: Emir Baigazin
Runtime: 113 minutes
Country: Kazakhstan, Poland, Norway
Language: Kazakh, Russian with English subtitles
Rating: NC16 (Sexual References)


BEST DIRECTOR (Horizons Section)
Venice Film Festival 2018

Toronto International Film Festival 2018

Full Synopsis

On the vast plains of rural Kazakhstan, Aslan is tasked by his strict and often absent father to supervise his four younger brothers. Their sheltered world, composed of flat symmetrical compositions in austere shades of bone and beige, revolves around a disciplined routine of tending to crops, feeding livestock and preparing bricks out of wet mud. When their outlandish cousin visits, bringing with him a wireless gadget that casts a spell over them, the old rhythms of their world are upended forever. A surreal and calculated coming-of-age story, Emir Baigazin deftly presents an unsettling fable of power and paternalism within the microcosm of a family in this final installment of his highly symbolic Aslan Trilogy.

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