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THE LIGHT THIEF (Svet-Ake)

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THE LIGHT THIEF (Svet-Ake)

Director: Aktan Arym Kubat
Kyrgyzstan   |   2010   |   80 minutes
Kyrgyz, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

 


On DVD: Summer 2012


Kyrgyzstan’s official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards


Synopsis In this colorful modern-day parable of good and evil, a humble village electrician devotes his compassion and ingenuity to destitute neighbors in a wind-swept valley of Kyrgyzstan. Played with wry humanity by writer-director Aktan Arym Kubat, the trusting Mr. Light strikes a suspect bargain with a rich developer running for local office, as unemployment threatens the survival of the community. Stoking a dream to supply wind-generated electricity to the whole valley, the modest visionary comes up against an increasingly dark cloud of corruption in this affecting tale of solidarity and ordinary decency amid the injustices and hardships of a changing world.


About the Director Aktan Arym Kubat was born in 1957 in Kyrgyzstan. He graduated from the Art Academy in Bishkek and started working as a production designer in the 1980s. His second feature film, The Swing, won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1993, which was followed by The Adopted Son, which won the Silver Leopard at the same festival in 1998. In 2001, he was nominated for the European Film Academy (EFA) Discovery Award. The Light Thief is his fifth feature film.


Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request


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Featured in the Global Lens 2011 film series.



CAST

Svet-Ake - Aktan Arym Kubat
Bermet - Taalaikan Abazova
Bekzat - Askat Sulaimanov
Ese - Asan Amanov
Mansur - Stanbek Toichubaev

CREW

Director - Aktan Arym Kubat
Writer - Aktan Arym Kubat
Producers - Altynai Koichumanova, Cedomir Kolar, Thanassis Karathanos, Marc Baschet,
Karl Baumgartner, Denis Vaslin
Director of Photography - Hassan Kydyraliyev
Sound - Bakyt Niyazaliev
REVIEWS

"The Light Thief elegantly dramatizes the complex challenges of a developing economy with its heartfelt story about the unglamorous yet very real struggles of life in post-Soviet Central Asia" – San Francisco International Film Festival

“The Light Thief might be a simple story, but it's ultimately a complex film” – Montreal Gazette

“Director-star Aktan Arym Kubat has come up with an illuminating parable about the clash of tradition and modernity” – The Guardian

“European funds contributing to the production and with a burning subject such as energy control high on the world’s priority list, this is a surefire festival item, with definite chances for niche art house distribution.” – Screen Daily

“...a touching, pawkily amusing example of that fairly rare genre, the satirical tragedy.” – The Observer

“[Aktan Arym] Kabut is irresistible. His Mr. Light may be an innocent in terms of the so-called civilized world but his intuitive perspicacity, mix of humility and pride and unabashed desire for his beautiful neighbor make him complex and human. ... Never portrayed as yokels, the villagers may be cut off from the world but they are astutely aware of their position in society. This is not how the West sees the East, but how someone from the East views the downward spiral of his country. ” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Helmer Arym Kubat is aces as the protag, his expressive face and body language making dialogue superfluous.” – Variety

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2010
Piazza Grande, LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Contemporary World Cinema, TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FIPRESCI Prize, EURASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CINEFEST SUDBURY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Director’s Fortnight, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

2011
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL
SILK SCREEN ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

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