Kyrgyzstan, France, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, 2017, 89’


Aktan Arym Kubat


Altynai Koichumanova, Gulmira Kerimova, Cedomir Kolar, Marc Baschet, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Denis Vaslin, Yûi Sadai


Aktan Arym Kubat, Ernest Abdyjaparov

Rights Holder

The Match Factory

Rights Holder for Belarus

Oy Art Film Producing Company


Khassan Kydyraliev


Aktan Arym Kubat, Zarema Asanalieva, Nuraly Tursunkojoev, Bolot Tentimyshov, Ilimbek Kalmuratov, Taalaikan Abazova, Maksat Mamyrkanov Вытворчасць


Oy Art Film Producing Company, A.S.A.P. Films, Volya Films, Pallas Film, Bitters End

Centaur is a quiet, modest and slightly eccentric man. Former projectionist, now he is doing odd jobs to support his family. He has a belief deeply rooted inside him. He still believes that Kyrgyz people once united and invincible thanks to their horses, have been punished by Heavens for misusing that power to achieve their mercenary goals. Beyond any suspicion, Centaur becomes a horse thief, as he thinks only a genuine racer riding at night and praying for forgiveness can write off the curse. But his well-hidden secret cannot be kept forever. When the truth comes out, he will need to decide the future of his family, fellow villagers and his own.

2017 Berlin IFF – C.I.C.A.E. Award (“Panorama” section)
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Aktan Arym Kubat

Born in 1957 in Kyrgyzstan. Graduated from the Art Academy in Bishkek. SELKINCHEK (THE SWING), his second feature fim, won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in 1993. In 1998, he won the Silver Leopard with THE ADOPTED SON. In 2001, THE CHIMP was selected to Un Certain Regard in Cannes and nominated by the European Film Academy for the Discovery Award. THE LIGHT THIEF (2010), which premiered at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, was screened in many festivals and won numerous awards, including Special Jury Prize at the Minsk IFF “Listapad”.