Kelin / Daughter-in-law / 2009



The directorial debut of Yermek Tursunov, one of Kazakhstan’s leading scriptwriters, this film was short listed in Best ForeignFilm category in 2009 Academy Awards, and was an official selection ...

The directorial debut of Yermek Tursunov, one of Kazakhstan’s leading scriptwriters, this film was short listed in Best ForeignFilm category in 2009 Academy Awards, and was an official selection at numerous film festivals, including Toronto and Monaco where it won the Grand Prix.

 “Kelin”

The film “Kelin” tells about love passion, unbridled feelings and mind that should be a composing part of emotions. It seems that we have lost now the sincerity of our feelings. There is an effort in this film to return to the human nature, to its origins. After all, in the modern life, we are refined and lack our inherent instincts. Nevertheless, the women’s images are the main thing. Images of the mother and daughter-in-law, who are the successors of human race,’’ says Aktan Arym Kubat, the author of idea and creative producer of the film.

The film’s action occurs in the III-IV centuries, in the period before Islam. Any canonized religion constitutes definite laws and dogmas; and the pagan epoch, where script’s plot is placed, supposes the natural form of existence. This story is about people living as a part of nature, when the supreme task was to survive and continue the race.

“Once I’ve heard one story about a man died in winter, in the mountain valley where yaks are found. It was necessary to wait until spring in order to move his body through the pass and burry in the earth where he was born. It was the first impulse to the idea”, tells Aktan Arym Kubat. Later the scriptwriter Ermek Tursunov described this story in details.

“There are five characters in this film: mother Ene and two her sons, Baktashi and Kaini; hunter Mergyen and daughter-in-law Kelin, who play the story of one family. But as long as this family lives in direct connection with nature, the animal world becomes a part of this story: yaks and griffins, Blue Wolf’s family”, tells the scriptwriter and film director Ermek Tursunov.

The film is shot in the mountain region Alatau, in uninhabited places. Now as before, yaks and griffins are found there. There are few dialogues in the film; its heroes speak ancient Turkic. Image and action are the essentials. Shamans’ rites, which demonstrate the pagan connection of man with nature, are shown for the first time in this film.

Festivals:

Monaco Int’l Film Festival – Grand Prix

Toronto Int’l Film Festival  – Opening Film

Taormina Int’l Film Festival  – Opening Film

Yalta Int’l Film Festival  – Grand Prix and Best Director prize

etc.

Actors: Gulsharat Zhubayeva, Turakhan Sadykov, Yerzhan Nurymbet

Scriptwriters: Aktan Arym Kubat, Yermek Tursunov

DOP: Murat Aliyev

Art Director: Alexander Rorokin

Music: Edil Kusainov