KYRGYZSTAN (CENTRAL ASIA). Post-production of Kazakh-Kyrgyz-German-French melodrama The Song Of Southern Seas has been started in Germany.
It’s a touching ironic feature directed by a prominent Kyrgiz film director Marat Sarulu. It presents a universal story with deep wisdom and sunshine humor: mixed marriages, family bounds, power of love, poison of jealousy, voice of ancestors, adults and kids.
…Two families – Russian and Kyrgyz – live in a distant village. They are sort of rough diamonds, tough and strong. They have to survive and always ready to help each other. All of a sudden men become enemies: each of their newly born kid suspiciously looks and start to behave like the other neighbor.…
“All we need is wisdom, understanding and humor to find a common language,” says director Sarulu. “Besides, it’s very important to remember who your ancestors were – to have immunity against racial conflicts.”
Marat Sarulu combines highly visual cinematography with deep philosophy. He has won many international film awards with his very special film with Oriental touch like My Brother, Silk Way or Stormy River, Quiet Sea (In Spe) etc.
He is at his prime partially thanks to 20-year-long cooperation with his close friend and a seasoned Kazakh producer Sain Gabdullin.
The film was shot in amazingly fascinating valleys of Issyk Kul Lake (Kyrgyzstan).Director Marat Sarulu
Starring: Andrey Zhigalov, Vadim Andreev, Ilya Sokolovsky, Irina Agejkina, Vladimir Yavorsky, Andrey Egors.
D.O.P. George Beridze.
Producers Sain Gabdullin, Benny Drekhsel, Karsten Schtoter, Guillaume Seil.
Production: Kino Company (Kazakhstan), Rohfilm (Germany), Arizona Films (France).
Director Marat Sarulu: filmography
Face To Face (1989), Stormy River, Quiet Sea (In Spe) (1993), Stormy Railway Station (1994), Hunter’s Family (1996), Milky Way (1996), Beshkempir (1998), Mandala (1998), My Brother, Silk Way (2001), Takeoff (short 10 min, 2002), The Song of Southern Seas (2007)
My Brother, Silk Way – Grand-Prix of Golden Mongolfier at 24th Film Festival Of Three Continents in Nantes (France) and Grand-Prix of Golden Ciclo at 9th International Film Festival “Cinema of Asia” in Vesoul (France)
Takeoff was in Competition of 52nd Berlinale Film Festival, won Grand-Prix of Open Festival Of Cinema of the CIS and Baltics Award for The Spirit of 5th Brooklyn Film Festival (New York) Special Jury Award of 52nd International Film Festival of Mountains, Search & Adventures in Citta di Trento (Italy) and Special Jury Award of 12th Film Fest in Poprad (Slovakia).