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Shaken AIMANOV
Шакен АЙМАНОВ
Chaken AIMANOV
 
USSR (Kazakhstan), 1966, 90 mn 
Black and white, fiction

Land of the Fathers

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Земля отцов

 

 La Terre des pères

 Zemlya ottsov


 
Directed by : Shaken AIMANOV (Шакен АЙМАНОВ)
Writing credits : Olzhas SULEYMENOV (Олжас СУЛЕЙМЕНОВ)
 
Cast
Elubaï UMURZAKOV (Елубай УМУРЗАКОВ) ...grand-father
Murat AKHMADIEV (Мурат АХМАДИЕВ) ...grand-father
Viktor SHEVTSOV (Виктор ШЕВЦОВ) ...Egor
Yuri POMERANTSEV (Юрий ПОМЕРАНЦЕВ) ...archaeologist
 
Cinematography : Murat AYMANOV (Мурат АЙМАНОВ)
Production design : Kulakhmet KHODZHIKOV (Кулахмет ХОДЖИКОВ)
Music : Erkegali RAKHMADIEV (Еркегали РАХМАДИЕВ)
Production : Kazakhfilm
 

Plot synopsis
An old man decides to look for his dead son and bring his corpse back to bury him in the land of his ancestors; his son, a Kazak soldier, was killed in action somewhere in Russia. Along with his grand-son, they go across the country and discover the harsh reality of the war.
 

Commentaries and bibliography
 
As for most film-makers of that time, the Italian neo-realism influence can be felt in " Land of the Fathers", but what is more striking is the rejection of the classical hero: the days of the strong, determined hero righting wrongs are over. The film starts with the record of the hero’s death. A grand-father and his grand-son go to fetch the corpse of their father and son who died at war, in order to bury him in Kazakhstan. The film is therefore constructed on this fundamental absence. How could then a new hero possibly emerge?
Source : Festival International du Cinéma Asiatique de Vesoul, 2012

Selected in the following festivals :
- Vesoul International Asiatic Film Festival, Vesoul (France), 2012


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