Heavenly Nomadic

Kyrgyzstan, 2015г., 78 min


Mirlan Abdykalykov

The poetic sketch about traditions that are slowly disappearing. A family of nomads lives in the high, remote mountains of Kyrgyzstan; elderly herdsman Tabyldy, his wife Karachach, their daughter-in-law Shaiyr and their 7 year old granddaughter Umsunai. Shaiyr’s son studies in the city and visits them only during the summer holidays. Her husband died many years ago when he was drowned in a mountain river, trying to save a foal. Shaiyr decided to stay with the family due to her strong attachment to the wonderful land and its people. The family breeds horses and life goes on as normal amidst the beautiful scenery of the mountain gorge. But another resident of the area appears in Shaiyr’s life, meteorologist Ermek, whose weather station is located near to the family’s home.

2015 Karlovy Vary FF – East of the West Competition - Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (FEDEORA) award
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Mirlan Abdykalykov

Born in 1982. Studied journalism at Kyrgyz National University (1999-2004) but he has been active in the film industry since childhood. In 1993 he landed his first lead role in SWING (1993, Leopards of Tomorrow at Locarno IFF), directed by Aktan Abdykalykov, today known by the pseudonym Aktan Arym Kubat. Their cooperation continued on further projects: THE ADOPTED SON (Beshkempir, 1998, Silver Leopard at Locarno) premiered at Sundance FF and THE CHIMP (Maimil, 2001) competed in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes FF. Since 2004 he has assistant directed for Bigim film studio, working in the same position on Abdykalykov’s THE LIGHT THIEF (Svet-Ake, 2010), which also screened at Cannes FF and then at Minsk IFF (Special Jury Prize). In 2008 he founded Selkinchek productions, which turns out not only commercials and social network videos, but also shorts and documentaries.

Selected filmography

2015 Heavenly Nomadic