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Kelin (Kazakhstan, 2009)

Kelin (2009)
June 11, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Print courtesy of Helix Films Inc.

Directed by Ermek Tursunov

Writer-director Ermek Tursunov’s first feature tells the story of a young woman in rural Kazakhstan, sold into marriage by her father.  Gradually finding happiness with her new family, she faces jeopardy when her former lover comes to reclaim her, bringing violent conflict to her home and her heart.  Told almost entirely visually and without dialogue, the film is a stylish and bold achievement in storytelling.

Producer: Yermek Amanshayev. Screenwriter: Aktan Aryn Kubat, Ermek Tursunov. Cinematographer: Murat Aliyev. Editor: Svetlana Niyazova. Cast: Gulsharat Zhubayeva, Turakhan Sadykova, Yerzhan Nurymbet, Kuandyk Kystykbaev, Nurzhan Turganbaev.

35mm, color, 82 min.