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Atirkül in the Land of Real Men

Atirkül in the Land of Real Men

Janyl Jusupjan
France, Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan
2023
65 min
International Premiere
Luminous
Synopsis

Buzkashi has been a popular sport in Central Asia for centuries. It is played only by men, who battle it out against one another on horseback. We see players galloping across vast plains, against a backdrop of snow-topped mountains and blue skies, and leaping on each other like rugby players to get hold of a goat carcass and take it across the goal line. The sound of whinnying horses is intensified by exhilarating drum rhythms.

But the subject of this understated film is neither the horses nor the men. Instead, it is an enterprising woman named Atirkül. After getting bored with her husband being away from home all the time, she decided to get involved in horse trading.

This businesswoman also acts as an astute and exacting adviser to the sometimes inexperienced Buzkashi players. Like a true coach, she directs, finances and feeds the young men. But when we hear some of the young men under her wing talking about their plans for the future, we realize there are limits to her influence.

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Credits
65 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Kyrgyz
Director
    Janyl Jusupjan
    Janyl Jusupjan
Production
    Elvira Jamankulova for Chagaldak Productions
    Elvira Jamankulova for Chagaldak Productions
Co-production
    Alice Tabery for CINEPOINT
    Alice Tabery for CINEPOINT
Cinematography
    Christian Lelong,
    Janyl Chytyrbaeva
    Christian Lelong,
    Janyl Chytyrbaeva
Editing
    François Sculier
    François Sculier
Sound Design
    Martin Styblo
    Martin Styblo
Screening copy
    CINEPOINT
    CINEPOINT
World Sales
    CINEPOINT
    CINEPOINT

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