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L'Ile de la renaissance

Renaissance Island

(Ostrov vozrozhdenia)

by Roustem Abdrachev



L'Ile de la renaissance

Director: Roustem Abdrachev

Script: Galia Eltai, Gaziz Nasyrov, Roustem Abdrachev

Cineamtographer: Khasan Kydyraliev, Renat Kosai

Sound: Askar Ahmetov, Elena Maslova

Music: Kuat Shildebaev

Cast: Temirzhan Daniyarov, Zhanel Makazhanova, Sayat Merekenov, Nurzhuman Ihtymbayev

Production: Kazakhfim, Han Tengri

Year: 2004

35 mm, B & W and Colour, 80 min, 
OV with English Subtitles
French Electronic Subtitles

Frrench Premiere

With kind uspport of Kazakhfilm

The party new leader has settled near Aralia with his family. His daughter Zhibek falls in love with a school mate Zharas. The parents, the head teacher and the inhabitants of the village don’t understand their feeling of love and condemn them.

Renaissance Island is a poetical elegy based on a poem by Zharaskan Abdrachev, the film-maker’s own father. This very poetical black and white film with short colour flashes has frightening and memorable images (the water melon in the first sequence, the fishes out of water), as well as calmly nostalgic images. As always with Abdrachev, the frames are pictorial and the minor characters are amazingly alive.

A real gem unreleased in France.


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