One morning, a man goes to a town market to sell his horses with the other villagers. After exchanging affectionate glances with his wife and leaving his children, the man goes to the market and is killed by horse thieves. The wife holds the man’s funeral and decides to return to her family with her kids. Then, another man who left her 8 years ago without leaving any notes appears and helps the woman move. Somehow, the son of the wife resembles the man. They go out on horseback together and bump into the horse thieves.
Shot by Aziz ZHAMBAKIEV who previously won the Silver Berlin Bear, the film perfectly embodies the aesthetics of the widescreen and also features genre fun in addition to the beauty of the margins unique to the Central Asian films. Whereas the duel with the horse thieves driving dozens of horses over the grassland provides the sense of urgency and the exciting spectacles. It that sense, it’s worthy of being called a Kazakhstan version of ‘Western.’
Horse Thieves. Roads of Time was produced by Director Yerlan NURMUKHAMBETOV who won the New Currents Award in Busan International Film Festival 2015 with Lisa TAKE- BA. This film is also the winner of the Asia Project Market 2017. Samal YESLEYAMOVA, who won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 starred in this film as well. (PARK Sun Young)
Yerlan Nurmukhambetov has been a professor at the National Academy of Arts of Kazakhstan since 2008. He won the New Currents Awards at the 20th BIFF for his first feature film Walnut Tree(2015), which depicts a Kazakh-style wedding ruckus.
She won the Grand Prix at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2014 for her debut film The Pinkie. The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time is her 3rd feature film co-directed by Yerlan NURMUKHAMBETOV. She’s working as not only a movie director, but a music video writer, novelist, and songwriter.