In this hilariously surreal adventure through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the story of a young, simple Tajik girl is narrated by her unborn child. Mamlakat is an aspiring actress, daughter of an eccentric father and sister to a mad brother, who falls for the lies of an actor in a theater company that passes through her village. After he promises to make her an actress because he knows Tom Cruise, Mamlakat sleeps with the guy. He’s gone in the morning, but leaves behind undeniable proof of the night’s events: Mamlakat is pregnant. Determined to protect their honor, her eccentric family set out on a journey in order to find the father and we glimpse a fantastic central Asian reality, filled with small, unusual villages, falling-from-the-sky cattle and enormous flying bricks… —Wikipedia
Tajikistan born, Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov firstly started with practice and only after with theory studies in film. In 1982, yet very young he started to work as a journalist or assistant director for TV and radio and Tadjikfilm Studios. Only later he decided to take the film education at the VGIK (Moscow State Film Institute). During his studies he demonstrated his talent in short film “Jokers / Shutniki” (1986), documentary “Hunting with Dogs / Sobachija Okhota” (1987) followed by another short “Believe It or Not / Verish Nje Verish” in 1988. After the graduation in 1989, he started to work together with Leonid Makhkamov on the script for his first feature film “Bratan”, which he completed as a director in 1991. This film won him several awards in International film festivals mainly in Europe. Collaboration with Leonid Makhkamov continued also for the second film “Kosh ba kosh” (1993), which won him the Silver Lion in Venice in 1993. On scenario for his third film “Luna Papa” (1999… read more
Truly fantastic, in the true sense of the word, picture from Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov. Wonderfully surreal at times, literally hilarious at others. Great performance by Chulpan Khamatova well assisted by supporting cast. You think you have life figured out until a bull falls out of the sky.