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98 Ratings

Beshkempir: The Adopted Son


Directed by Aktan Abdykalykov
Kyrgyzstan, France, 1998


The people of Kyrgyzstan have an ancient tradition: the parents of a large family offer a baby to a childless couple. One day, teenage Azate learns he is an adopted son. His once happy and carefree life is turned upside down.

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Beshkempir: The Adopted Son Directed by Aktan Abdykalykov

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

1998 | 2 wins including: Silver Leopard

1998 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Critics reviews

In contrast with Destiny, just about everything in The Adopted Son is circumscribed and rigorous — even though its style is flexible enough to include one experimental, handheld sequence that wouldn’t be out of place in a Stan Brakhage work.
April 02, 1999
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