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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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Slight Spoiler Alternate Title: WAITING FOR TULPAN GODOT See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order)

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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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34 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Slight Spoiler Alternate Title: WAITING FOR TULPAN GODOT, 22 October 2013
Author: KissEnglishPasto from Pasto, Colombia

If you don't know what TULPAN means in English, you will after watching the film. And yet, they never translate it for you...You have to figure it out for yourself! Sometimes, unfortunately, it seems that particular talent is fast becoming a lost art among U.S. movie-goers. Take a film like TULPAN, which is so simple, so unpretentious, and yet, manages to show us things in life that are so delicate and complicated!

***May Contain a Minor Spoiler or Two!***

What motivated me to give TULPAN a look? Certainly not the IMDb Blurb, it really misses the mark! No, my decision was based on a truly accurate, quality review. Originality is something to be prized and praised in a movie. You know how rare it is to encounter a film with something totally original to offer. TULPAN has at least 5 elements that I don't recall seeing in any other cinematic work! Without them, 6 or 7* more than likely would have been my rating...But I'll add 1/2* for each original element, bringing my rating up to 9*. So, What are these elements?

1) ALL the actors in TULPAN appear using their REAL names! Maybe you're thinking you've seen a few other films like that. Well, in ALL the others I remember like this, the production values are horrific and the acting worse. Here the acting is so natural, so oblivious to the camera, it lends a "Slice of life" feel to the production.

2) Have seen movies in dozens of different languages! Kazak is not one of them. So, TULPAN is my first in this language related to Turkish.

3)Have you ever seen mouth-to-mouth respiration administered to a newborn calf in a movie? Not just once, but several times by two different actors!

Elements 4) and 5)....? Let's keep the last two elements a surprise. (Although my alternate title above should give you a hint.)

Sheep-herding on the Asian Steppe is anything but exciting. TULPAN REALLY drives that point home. If you're not willing to sit through movies where the pacing is, at times, excruciatingly deliberate, but that reward you in the end for your patience...This is not for you. If you like windows into new and exotic cultures, check TULPAN out! 9*STARS*.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!

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