Nosir Saidov / 2009, Rotterdam, Busan, Deauville, Fukuoka, Kerala, Marrakech, Santa Barbara / 83'
Nilufur is a young woman living in a village near the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. She works an assistant to Kirill, the Russian operator of a climate observatory on a hill who has trained her in meteorological instruments and observations, such as the exact calculation of true noon. Long separated by his family, Kirill is an old man and wants to go home but no replacement has been sent yet. He thus decides to transfer his responsibility to Nilufar after her marriage with Aziz of the next village. But on the day of the engagement, soldiers plant barbed wire and mines to separate the two villages. The life of the people, who have thus far enjoyed peace, now falls into severe chaos.
The first film to be produced by the Tajik film industry in 18 years, True Noon explores the consequences of the dissolution of the Soviet state, and the arbitrary nature of a government's relationship with its citizens. Tajik filmmaker Nosir Saidov's feature film debut is both politically dense and lined with absurdist humor, deconstructing modern notions of borders, nationalism, time, history, and community. True Noon premiered at Rotterdam, Marrakech and Santa Barbara, and won the Audience Award at both Busan and Kerala.