Heavenly Nomadic

Directed by Mirlan Abdykalykov
Pluto Film Distribution Network GmbH
2015
81 Minutes
Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz
Drama
Not Rated
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A family of nomads live in the high, remote mountains of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia; elderly herdsman Tabyldy, his wife Karachach, their daughter-in-law Shaiyr and their 7 year old granddaughter Umsunai. Shaiyr's son studies in the city and visits them only during the summer holidays. Her husband died many years ago when he was drowned in a mountain river, trying to save a foal. Shaiyr decided to stay with the family due to her strong attachment to the wonderful land and its people. The family breed horses and life goes on as normal amidst the beautiful scenery of the mountain gorge. But another resident of the area appears in Shaiyr's life, meteorologist Ermek, whose weather station is located near to the family's home.

Kyrgyzstan's official submission for the 88th Academy Awards.

  • Highest Rating
    "Mirlan Abdykalykov makes a visually majestic debut with this drama about a horse-herding family in Kyrgyzstan. Abdykalykov draws touching performances from his actors. "
    Alissa Simon, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "Wild horses gallop across majestic landscapes in Mirlan Abdykalykov’s romantic, beautifully lensed and very atmospheric first feature.... Cinematographer Talant Akynbekov’s soulful lighting and compositions capture the peace of the great open spaces surrounded by snow-capped peaks and sun-drenched valleys."
    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "The film is far more than a sensual experience with great panoramas. Abdykalykov also portrays the hard life of a traditional nomadic family that sees itself threatened by the upheavals of modern times. Classical nomadism is directly confronted with the modern age: untouched places where people live in harmony with the environment and natural mythology, versus the virtues and charms of the civilized city. "
    Björn Schneider, Filmkritik
  • Highest Rating
    "Heavenly Nomadic is a film in the great tradition of ecological masterpieces, it depicts a family in a far-off country trying to survive the encroachment of so-called civilization with humor, warmth and perception."
    Jury Statements, Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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