Saratan (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2006

Saratan 2004

Directed by Ernest Abdyshaparov

Documentary portrait of a small Kyrgyz mountain village makes for a comedy as politically acute and socially affectionate as those emanating from the Czech new wave in the late 60s.

Germany / Kyrgyzstan In Kyrgyz with English subtitles
87 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay, Music

Photography

Yorzsh Hamitski

Editor

Saida Sadykova

With

Kümöndör Abylov
,
Askat Sulaimanov
,
Tabyldy Aktanov
,
Taalaikan Abrazova
,
Kanybek Bekbatyrov
,
Shambyl Kamchiev

Festivals

Berlin
,
Pusan
,
London 2005

Elsewhere

“Writer-director Abdyshaparov’s narrative début shows not only his considerable documentary skills, but a sweet talent for satire. Belying its tiny budget, his portrait of a small Kyrgyz mountain village makes for a comedy as politically acute and socially affectionate as those emanating from the Czech new wave in the late 60s. Ten years of national independence sees the villagers coping with the effects of Moscow’s withdrawal in their different ways. The old codgers selling what they can to fund their vodka habit; the cop taking advantage of every local husband and father’s absence; the excommunist party members either jailed for espousing socialism or running the show as ‘new capitalists’; the mayor having a heart attack reconciling conflict, not least that between poverty and hope. Lovely, deadpan comic performances, lovely film.” — Wally Hammond, Time Out  

“Intelligent, entertaining, vivid storytelling from Kyrgyzstan… The unexpected high point of the [London] Festival.” — Sandra Reid