Beshkempir

Beshkempir

Director: Aktan Abdykalykov

Cast: Aktan Abdykalykov, Mirian Abdykalykov, Albina Imasheva, Adir Abilkassimov

     
 
Aktan Abdykalykov made his directorial debut with this semi-autobiographical Kirghizian-French drama set in a rural Kirghizian village where young Adyr plays in the brick mudpits, takes an interest in a girl, and attends outdoor movie showings. However, Adyr's pals reject him when it's learned that he's adopted, and more dark clouds hover over Adyr after a death in

Overview

Aktan Abdykalykov made his directorial debut with this semi-autobiographical Kirghizian-French drama set in a rural Kirghizian village where young Adyr plays in the brick mudpits, takes an interest in a girl, and attends outdoor movie showings. However, Adyr's pals reject him when it's learned that he's adopted, and more dark clouds hover over Adyr after a death in the family. Filmed in black and white with color inserts, this film played in several 1998 film fests (Locarno, Montreal, Toronto).

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Barnes & Noble
From Kyrgystan (formerly one of the Soviet Union's republics) comes Aktan Abdykalykov's poignant debut feature, an oft-surreal survey of a character's adolescent life -- the time when, as one character says, "life goes berserk." The title is a dirty word meaning foundling and referring to Azate, the young man with "five grandmothers." Overall, Beshkempir is a peaceful, gentle film in which long moments with dust, air, dirt, birds, wasps, and dandelions work sympathetically with the boy and his growing pains. The incident when Azate and his young friends build a mud women to play doctor with -- only to run into a field of vengeful cows -- is one of the most unique and moving of its kind in the world. Beautiful and penetrating, this soulful coming-of-age tale is lensed in both a light-gray black-and-white and occasional, unglinting color. Beshkempir -- The Adopted Son was shown in competition at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2000
UPC:
0720917519722
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:21:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mirian Abdykalykov Actor
Albina Imasheva Actor
Adir Abilkassimov Actor
Bakit Dzhylkychiev Actor
Mirlan Cinkozoev Actor
Talai Mederov Actor

Technical Credits
Aktan Abdykalykov Director,Screenwriter
Avtandil Adikulov Screenwriter
Irizbai Alybaev Producer
Marc Bashet Producer
Frederique Dumas Producer
Hassan Kidiraliev Cinematographer
Cedomir Kolar Producer
Tilek Mambetova Editor
Nurlan Nishanov Score Composer
Bakyt Niyaraliev Sound/Sound Designer
Marat Sarulu Screenwriter
Emil Tilelov Art Director

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