Russia / Kazakhstan, 1995, 25mn 
Colour, documentary
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Directed by : Sergey DVORTSEVOY (Сергей ДВОРЦЕВОЙ)
Writing credits : Sergey DVORTSEVOY (Сергей ДВОРЦЕВОЙ)
Produced by : Sergey DVORTSEVOY (Сергей ДВОРЦЕВОЙ)
Companies : Higher Courses of Script Writers and Directors, Kazakhfilm, AO "Gobi"
language kazakh
format : 35 mm

Awards :
Prix du meilleur film documentaire au Festival de la jeunesse à Kiev, 1995
Meilleur premier film au Festival international "Message to man" à Saint-Pétersbourg, 1995
Médaille d'or au Festival international de San Francisco, 1996

Plot synopsis
Sergey Dvortsevoy makes his international debut with this astonishingly intimate portrait of a nomadic family on the Kazakh plains. Several scenes in this slow, elegant film betray a certain dry humor -- a child devouring the last of a bowl of yogurt and then crying; a cow getting its head stuck in a pail; and a woman singing to herself, accompanied by her snoring husband. Other scenes capture the nomads' hardscrabble lives -- drunken herdsmen in the grips of existential despair, growling dogs, and a camel enduring a rather grim septum piercing. By the end of the film, the family pulls up stakes and herds its sundry four-legged beasts -- camels, cattle, goats, dogs, and horses -- to a more fertile plain. This film was screened at the 1999 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.
Jonathan Crow,

Selected in the following festivals :
- FEMA / La Rochelle International Film Festival, La Rochelle (France), 2010
- International Leipzig Festival for documentary and animated film, Leipzig (Germany), 2010
- Nyon International Documentary Film Festival "Visions du réel", Nyon (Switzerland), 2009
- Festival de films "Pour éveiller les regards", Aubervilliers (France), 2008
- Russian documentaries - musée du quai Branly (Paris), Paris (France), 2008
- Documentary and feature film festival ''Kinoteatr.doc'', Moscow (Russia), 2008