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4 March 2009 (Belgium) See more »
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On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children... See more » | Add synopsis »
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18 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Sergei Dvortsevoy 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergei Dvortsevoy  writer
Gennadiy Ostrovskiy  writer

Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... producer
Valerie Fischer .... co-producer
Bulat Galimgereyev .... co-producer
Raimond Goebel .... co-producer
Thanassis Karathanos .... producer
Mariya Murashova .... executive producer
Henryk Romanowski .... producer
Gulnara Sarsenova .... co-producer
Sergey Selyanov .... producer
Elena Yatsura .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Jolanta Dylewska 
 
Film Editing by
Petar Markovic 
Isabel Meier 
 
Production Design by
Roger Martin 
 
Costume Design by
Gaziza Korshiyeva 
 
Makeup Department
Tomasz Matraszek .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jacek Dabrowski-Udziela .... production manager
Undine Filter .... post-production supervisor
Viola Fügen .... post-production supervisor
Bohdan Graczyk .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yuri Kazakov .... second assistant director
Mara Tuleutayeva .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Olivier Dandré .... sound mixer
Ivan Dumas .... boom operator
Martin Lonek .... sound mixer
Williams Schmit .... sound designer
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Eric Tisserand .... sound mixer
Manuel Vidal .... assistant sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Janos Menberg .... digital artist
Christian Stanzel .... digital compositor
Martin Tallosy .... digital compositor
Manuel Voss .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yuri Kazakov .... set photographer
 
Editorial Department
Michael Hackl .... on-line editor
Natalie Helgath .... digital colorist
Janos Menberg .... colorist
 
Other crew
Undine Filter .... production coordinator
Martin Hampel .... assistant: producer
 

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France:100 min | USA:100 min | Argentina:100 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Hong Kong:IIA | Ireland:12A | Netherlands:AL | Portugal:M/12 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A
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Kazakhstan's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category.See more »
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32 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
An unforced naturalism that is captivating, 13 October 2008
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Winner of the Un Certain Regard award this year at the Cannes Film Festival, the fast disappearing world of nomadic sheep herders in Kazakhstan is dramatized in the part fictional, part documentary film Tulpan. Directed by Sergei Dvortsevoy, Tulpan is the story of an ex-sailor seeking to marry the only available woman in the area to fulfill his dream of tending his own flock. The narrative, however, is secondary to the dramatic on-camera birth of a lamb and the spectacular scenery of the steppes. Much of the film takes place in the tent house called a yurt that is shared by Asa (Askhat Kuchinchirekov), his brother-in-law Ondas (Ondasyn Besikbasov), his older sister Samal (Samal Yeslyamova), and three children.

The smallest boy is an absolute delight running and shouting as he plays with sticks and his pet turtle. His older brother has the uncanny knack of repeating the news broadcasts he hears on the radio word for word, reciting recites them daily to a curious Ondas. The only shrill note in the film is the constant high-pitched singing of Asa's niece Maha (Mahabbat Turganbayeva) who sings the same drone-like folk song six or seven times. As the film opens, Asa, his best friend Boni (Tulepbergen Baisakalov), and Ondas visit the family of Tulpan, a young woman whom they want Asa to marry. In southern Kazakhstan, the terrain is so forbidding that a herdsman must have a wife to do the chores while he tends his sheep and Ondas considers Asa too irresponsible and immature to be a herdsman without a wife.

At the family gathering (Tulpan is not present) Asa makes up stories about his adventures in the Russian navy and how he fought an octopus in a life and death struggle. Tulpan's parents, however, are unimpressed and later tell Asa that their daughter (who is never seen in the film) has rejected him because his ears are too big. How she might have known that is not made clear but it leads to a comic comparison of Asa's ears to a picture of Prince Charles. Discouraged, Asa threatens to leave the steppe and move to the city with Boni but is reluctant to give up either his dream of marrying Tulpan or learning about animal husbandry.

As Asa tries to prove himself to Ondas whose herd of sheep is plagued by a series of mysterious deaths, he assists in the birthing of a lamb and meets his severest test. Tulpan is a natural showcase for the region and Cinematographer Joly Dylewska captures the swirling dust and the stark landscape with striking success. One of the best scenes is that of a bandaged camel placed in a motorcycle sidecar by a veterinarian (Esentai Tulendiev) while the mother paces in the background. Not a dry National Geographic Special, Tulpan has ethnic and pop music, adorable children, moments of wicked humor, and an unforced naturalism that is captivating.

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