Film In Competition
Modernity bursts the secluded bubble of five brothers, whose controlling father has sought to keep them from the outside world.
A film of acute observation and precision, The River tells the story of a cocooned family: five young sons, their mother and their strict father, living isolated from the modern world. The oldest, Aslan, is his father’s deputy, in charge of delegating tasks to his younger brothers. Fair and humane, Aslan sympathises with his siblings when they err, and accepts his father’s blame for them. He takes his brothers to a nearby river for a swim, away from the piercing paternal gaze.
One day a visitor arrives at their village and unintentionally opens the door to the outside world. This disruption upends everything, as the rural values embodied by the patriarch suddenly collide with the 21st century.
Cast & Credits
Emir Baigazin was born in the province of Aktobe, Kazakhstan. He studied at the T. Akhtanov Aktobe Drama Theatre and the Kazakh National Academy of Arts, specialising in film direction and cinema. His previous works as director include the shorts Steppe and Virgins, and the features Harmony Lessons and The Wounded Angel.
Emir Baigazin, Klaudia Smieja, Beata Rzezniczek
Zhalgas Klanov, Eric Tazabekov, Zhasulan Userbayev
*Official Selection, Toronton International Film Festival 2018
*Orrizonti Winner, Best Director, Venice Film Festival 2018