Mirlan Abdykalykov / 2015, Karlovy Vary, Beijing, Brisbane, Cairo, Helsinki, Istanbul, Mumbai, Palm Springs, Quebec, RiverRun, São Paulo / 81'
Three generations of Kyrgyz horse-breeders live high in the remote mountains of Central Asia— the elderly herdsman Tabyldy, his wife Karachach, their daughter-in-law Shaiyr, and their 7 year old granddaughter Umsunai. Though her husband died several years ago trying to save a foal from a mountain river, Shaiyr remains dedicated to the family and their increasingly vanishing way of life. Modernism encroaches on the majestic landscape through images of bulldozers in the mountain gorges, and in the form of Ermek, a meteorologist whose weather station is located near the family's home.
In his stunning feature film debut, Kyrgyz filmmaker Mirlan Abdykalykov tackles the clash between old traditions and the speed of industrial change, ecology and the destruction of nature, and the transcendent value of family and human relationships. Heavenly Nomadic premiered at Karlovy Vary, Cairo, Palm Springs, Mumbai, Istanbul and Beijing, and was Kyrgyzstan's official submission for the 88th Academy Awards.