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SONG FROM THE SOUTHERN SEAS (Pesn' Juzhnykh Morej)

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SONG FROM THE SOUTHERN SEAS (Pesn' Juzhnykh Morej)

Director: Marat Sarulu
Kazakhstan   |   2008   |   80 minutes
Russian, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Two couples, one Russian and one Kazakh, live side by side in relative harmony in a beautiful yet semi-desolate region of the Great Steppe. But when the fair-skinned Russians give birth to a boy of decidedly darker skin, fifteen years of suspicion and acrimony arises between them, and can only be resolved by an ironic twist of family and fate. At times darkly somber, at other times tender and wistful—and buoyed throughout by a soundtrack of folk-inspired melodies—writer-director Marat Sarulu draws on Kazakhstan's epic history to create a gritty and deeply compassionate tale of humor and cultural insight.


About the Director Marat Sarulu was born in Talas, Soviet Union (now Kyrgyzstan) in 1957. He graduated with a degree in Philology from Kyrgyz National University in Bishkek in 1980 and subsequently studied at the Moscow Cinema Academy. He is co–writer of the internationally successful feature film, Beshkempir and currently works as a writer and director. Song from the Southern Seas is his third feature film.


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


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Featured in the Global Lens 2009 film series.



CAST:

Ivan - Vladimir Yavorsky
Asan - Dzhaidarbek Kunguzhinov
Maria - Irina Agejkina
Aisha - Ajzhan Ajtenova

CREW:

Director - Marat Sarulu
Writer - Marat Sarulu
Producers - Sain Gabdullin, Karsten Stöter, Benny Dreschsel, Yuri Obukhov, Guillaume De Seille
Cinematographer - Giorgi Beridze
Editor - Karl Riedl
Sound - Jörg Theil
Music - Andrey Sigle
REVIEWS

“Now into the ranks of the most accomplished Kazakh films (Shuga and Kairat, Tulpan, Nomad, Mongol) comes Kyrgyz Marat Sarulu’s 'Song From the Southern Seas', an excellent example of accessible, cinema-specific, multilayered narrative…. Sarulu successfully blends historical and political antecedents with the more contemporary family drama.”
Screen Daily

“Sarulu’s gorgeous, wonderfully acted film...mingles everyday brutality with the most sublime expressions of feeling.”
-Museum of Modern Art

“Marat Sarulu’s light-hearted drama about Kazakhstan’s cultural past and present goes a long way in repairing the country’s image in the aftermath of “Borat.” Centered on the tensions that arise between two neighboring couples — one Kazakh, one Russian — when a decidedly Kazakh-looking child is born to the latter, the film delicately balances somber dramatic moments with optimistic playfulness.”
Getafilm

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

2008
PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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