A family lives in a remote Kazakh village. There are five sons. The oldest, Aslan, becomes the father’s deputy in charge of all the work and delegating tasks to his younger brothers. Fair and humane, he sympathises with his siblings when they err, and accepts the father’s blame for them. One day Aslan takes the children to the river, a moment of happiness as the river is deep enough for a real swim. Since then, life is different. The children become more diligent in their daily chores, while the river turns into the focus of their lives.


One day a mystic visitor, Kanat, arrives at the village. From the moment Kanat shows the children his tablet and computer games, life at home takes a different turn. Suddenly it’s Kanat with his toy who becomes the new leader, condescendingly opening a door to the outer world. One day, Aslan takes Kanat to the river. The city boy disappears, and the paradisiacal river turns into the Styx. Each brother will have his own way of dealing with the tragedy, and family ties will be put to the test. 

Production and distribution

Production country:
Kazakhstan
Poland
Norway
Production company:
Emir Baigazin Production
Co production company:
Norsk Filmproduksjon AS
Producer:
Emir Baigazin
Klaudia Smieja
Hilde Berg

Crew

Director:
Emir Baigazin
Screenplay:
Emir Baigazin
Cinematographer:
Emir Baigazin
Editor:
Emir Baigazin
Sound Design:
Daut Zhantasov

Technical information

Genre:
Drama
Format:
DCP 2k
Length in mins:
108'
Subtitles:
English

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