Art Cinema Award for ” Centaur “, by Aktan Arym Kubat, at the Panorama section of the Berlinale
The International Confederation of Art Cinemas is proud to announce that the ART CINEMA AWARD at the 67th Berlinale went to CENTAUR by Aktan Arym Kubat.
Kyrgyzstan / France / Germany / Netherlands/, 2017, 89 min
Direction: Aktan Arym Kubat
Screenplay: Aktan Arym Kubat, Ernest Abdyjaparov
Cast: Aktan Arym Kubat, Nuraly Tursunkojoev, Zarema Asanalieva, Taalaikan Abazova, Ilim Kalmuratov, Bolot Tentimyshov, Maksat Mamyrkanov
Production: Oy Art, ASAP Films (+33 1 42774776), Pallas Film, Volya Films (+31 10 4155621, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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More information on the festival’s website.
There’s a horse thief at large on the outskirts of Bishkek high up in the mountainous region of Kyrgyzstan’s capital. Otherwise not a lot happens in this small community that does at least boast a cinema. This is where stories of the war in Afghanistan, Bollywood fairy-tales from India or films by ex-Soviet director Tolomush Okeyev open up a window on the world. This is also where projectionist and horse thief Centaur lives with his deaf wife and young son. Theirs is a simple life and yet one that increasingly seems to fall foul of the jealously and intrigues of others. Centaur believes that the people of Kyrgyzstan themselves descend from centaurs, mythological half-human half-horse creatures, and that horses are, as he says, ‘the wings of humankind’. Unfolding in contemplative images, Kyrgyz director Aktan Arym Kubat’s film is an allegorical tale of humans, animals and nature trying to live together whilst caught between faith and superstition, modernity and tradition.
This is a film which completely fulfils the CICAE award criterions. The beautiful rural landscape has a history behind and dangers in front. The hero who proudly believes in this values acts single-handedly and makes a legend. The community responds to this action and the drama takes form. Those who help him and those who oppose him are all parts of same origin. We think that the film is very important to be seen by a huge audience, because our knowledge of ancient stories and values -who we are and where we come from- is an antidote against conflict.