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The Gift to Stalin (2008)

Podarok Stalinu (original title)
A Jewish child deported to Kazakhstan is saved and adopted by Kasym, an old Kazakh railway-man. Kasym gives him a Kazakh name, Sabyr, that in Kazakh language means humble. The child grows ... See full summary »

Director:

Rustem Abdrashev

Writer:

Pavel Finn (screenplay)
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Nurzhuman Ikhtymbaev ... Kasym (as Nurjman Ikhtimbayev)
Bakhtiar Khoja Bakhtiar Khoja ... Bulgabi
Yekaterina Rednikova ... Vera / Verka
Dalen Shintemirov Dalen Shintemirov ... Sashka / Sabyr
Waldemar Szczepaniak Waldemar Szczepaniak ... Ezhik
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A Jewish child deported to Kazakhstan is saved and adopted by Kasym, an old Kazakh railway-man. Kasym gives him a Kazakh name, Sabyr, that in Kazakh language means humble. The child grows up in the small Kazakh village along with other deportees Vera, a traitor's wife, and Ezhik a Polish doctor. The Soviet militia harasses the poor peasants and Vera suffered the harassment of a bully cop: Bulgabi. Finally Vera accepts the marriage proposal of Ezhik but the jealous Bulgabi tries to prevent the marriage. The result is a fight in which Ezhik shoots himself accidentally. The old Kasym decides that Sabyr is now old enough to go to seek his real parents. At the end Sabyr, now an adult, decides to return to the village, but the village no longer exists because it was destroyed by a Soviet nuclear test. Written by Antonio il Kazako

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Drama

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Country:

Kazakhstan | Russia | Poland | Israel

Language:

Russian | Kazakh | Hebrew

Release Date:

18 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Darul pentru Stalin See more »

Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,036
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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A great story about Kazakh steppe, kindness of people, love and hope
20 March 2012 | by albina-nurpeissovaSee all my reviews

On my opinion, the movie is one of the best pieces of Kazakhstan cinematography. The character of Kasym is described and played amazingly by talented Nurzhuman Ikhtymbayev. I'm truly thankful that our land has such talents. Beautiful nature scenes - steppe until horizon - catches eye of a viewer. Folk song on the background - "Zhelsiz tyndei zhryk ai" by Abai Kunanbayev - creates feeling that nature and land are eternal, only people that live on the land and their stories change.

The end scene with the first exposure from Semipalatinsk nuclear test site (29.08.1949) is full with sorrow and horror, it is just impossible not to cry... Emotionally strong story, which I recommend to see.


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