Tulpan (2008)

52.

★★★★

Directed by: Sergei Dvortsevoy
Written by: Sergei Dvortsevoy, Gennadi Ostrovsky
Starring: Tolepbergen Baisakalov, Samal Yeslyamova and Ondas Besikbasov

When Asa finishes up his service with the Russian military, he decides to follow his dreams of owning his own ranch – complete with camels, a flock of sheep and a yurt to live in. But if you take a look at the landscape in which he wants to set up his new home, you’d begin to wonder why. The steppes of Kazakhstan are dusty, dry, desolate and unforgiving to its inhabitants. The men who choose to live and work in such conditions are only able to do so with the help of their… wife. And this is where Asa has a problem.

The first feature debut by Sergei Dvortsevoy, Tulpan, is an absolute delight. Set in a world that is so unfamiliar and refreshingly new to our eyes, Tulpan, navigates its story with strong visual direction and ethnographic knowledge that most audiences would have no prior access to. With a protagonist who shows tenderness, ambition and the courage to hold onto big dreams, Tulpan, catches unexpected laughs and finds beauty in a land that looks like a place of exile.

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