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Khadak (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 21 February 2007 (Belgium)
Set in the frozen steppes of Mongolia, a young nomad confronted with his destiny after animals fall victim to a plague which threatens to eradicate nomadism.

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Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (as Jessica Hope Woodworth)

Writers:

Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (screenplay) (as Jessica Hope Woodworth)

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Cast

Cast overview:
Batzul Khayankhyarvaa Batzul Khayankhyarvaa ... Bagi
Tsetsegee Byamba Tsetsegee Byamba ... Zolzaya
Banzar Damchaa Banzar Damchaa ... Grandfather
Tserendarizav Dashnyam Tserendarizav Dashnyam ... Shamaness
Dugarsuren Dagvadorj Dugarsuren Dagvadorj ... Mother
Uuriintuya Enkhtaivan Uuriintuya Enkhtaivan ... Naraa
Otgontogos Namsrai Otgontogos Namsrai ... Doctor
Gereisukh Otgon Gereisukh Otgon ... Nurse
Bat-Erdene Damdinsuren Bat-Erdene Damdinsuren ... Zolzaya's Brother
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Storyline

Magical realism, epilepsy, and the steppes of Mongolia. A pilot dies. His son Bagi, who, like his father, has epilepsy, grows up on the steppes, herding sheep, subject to fits. A plague among the animals forces the family off their land to a city where Bagi gets a mining job. His seizures become more frequent and bring visions in this wasteland of strip mining, factories, and rubble. He falls in with a troupe of student performers after saving the life of one of their number. As the crisis of his people deepens - herders without flocks - Bagi uses the visions to seek direction. Can he save his people, and can he find love? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Belgium | Germany | Netherlands

Language:

Mongolian

Release Date:

21 February 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Khadak - Die Farbe des Himmels See more »

Filming Locations:

Mongolia

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,983, 14 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,983, 14 October 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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In the shots where the Shamaness is smashing the liquor bottles on the ground, several of them bounce, or just break into a few pieces, but the sound effect is still that of a bottle shattering to bits. See more »

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An emotional journey that captures the soul of Mongolian culture and tradition
25 January 2007 | by mikelljSee all my reviews

A true work of art. An emotional journey that captures the soul of Mongolian culture and tradition while posing important questions on the dilemma facing traditional Mongolian values by the destruction of Mongolians most precious treasure, their land, by international mining operations.

Beautifully crafted scene's and soul shaking audio design tell much of the story that has been left unverbalized. The directors have done an amazing job of researching Mongolian culture, society, social changes, etc. and show a true appreciation for Mongolia's heritage.

The directors use of a generally unexperienced cast, with the exception of a few of Mongolia's best, had astounding results. The actors who played the main characters Bagi and Zolzaya were flawless, especially considering they have never acted before.

Reading the synopsis and interviews with the directors afterwards may help some not familiar with Mongolia to better understand some of the deeper meaning and symbolism embedded in this film.

10 out of 10!


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