Centaur 2017 Ages 15+

6.00PM Fri 28 Jan 2022 (1hr 39mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

‘There’s a horse thief at large on the outskirts of Bishkek high up in the mountainous region of Kyrgyzstan’s capital. Otherwise not a lot happens in this small community that does at least boast a cinema. This is where stories of the war in Afghanistan, Bollywood fairy-tales from India or films by ex-Soviet director Tolomush Okeyev open up a window on the world. This is also where projectionist and horse thief Centaur lives with his deaf wife and young son. Theirs is a simple life and yet one that increasingly seems to fall foul of the jealously and intrigues of others. Centaur believes that the people of Kyrgyzstan themselves descend from centaurs, mythological half-human half-horse creatures, and that horses are, as he says, ‘the wings of humankind’. Unfolding in contemplative images, Kyrgyz director Aktan Arym Kubat’s film is an allegorical tale of humans, animals and nature trying to live together whilst caught between faith and superstition, modernity and tradition. As in his award-winning film The Light Thief Aktan Arym Kubat himself once again plays the leading role.’ Berlin International Film Festival

Ages 15+ | Mild impact violence, adult themes

CREDITS

DIGITAL, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 99 MINUTES, KYRGYZSTAN/NETHERLANDS/GERMANY/FRANCE/ JAPAN, ARABIC/KIRGHIZ / DIRECTOR: AKTAN ARYM KUBAT / PRODUCERS: ČEDOMIR KOLAR, THANASSIS KARATHANOS, DENIS VASLIN, GULMIRA KERIMOVA, ALTYNAI KOICHUMANOVA / SCRIPT: ERNEST ABDYJAPAROV, AKTAN ARYM KUBAT / CINEMATOGRAPHER: KHASAN KYDYRALIYEV / EDITOR: PETAR MARKOVIĆ / CAST: NURALY TURSUNKOJOEV, ZAREMA ASANALIEVA, AKTAN ARYM KUBAT / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: THE MATCH FACTORY