Aktan Arym Kubat / KG, JP, NL, 2022 / 105 min.
This closing part of a ‘rural trilogy’ is stunning auteur cinema from Central Asia. Director Aktan Arym Kubat plays elderly Zarlyk, who returns to the village of his birth in Kirghizstan after twenty years in Russia – without his memory. From the maker of Beshkempir.
A lot has changed since Zarlyk went away: the villagers’ values and beliefs have been influenced by the new world economy, religion has become radicalised and crime and corruption are more widespread. Zarlyk’s wife, Umsunai, has even remarried – to a local tycoon – after her husband was reported missing. But none of this seems to bother Zarlyk. He has stopped talking and is gripped by an inexplicable passion for collecting waste.
Aktan Arym Kubat
KG, JP, NL