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Stranger

Zhat

Directed by Yermek Tursunov
Kazakhstan, 2015
Drama

Synopsis

Orphaned by the brutal Soviet collectivization campaign of the 1930s, a young Kazakh boy takes to the mountains and lives amongst a pack of wolves.

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Stranger Directed by Yermek Tursunov

Awards & Festivals

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

2015 | 2 nominations including: Achievement in Cinematography

What are people saying?

  • Mugino's rating of the film Stranger

    Among the Kazakhs, Tursunov explained, "strangers" are those who cannot be punished with prison or institutionalization, so they are punished through exile. Ilyas' isolation is both a banishment -- forced by destiny, as well as chosen -- and an embrace of the divine in the harshly beautiful Kazakh Steppe. It is also an enviable freedom, for which he is inevitably made to suffer. It brims with poetic imagery.