, Start Time: 19:30 An Lanntair Kenneth Street Stornoway HS1 2DS
Country of Origin: Japan and Kazakhstan
Year Released: 2019
Run time: 1hr 24min
Language: Russian and Kazakh with English subtitles
Director: Yerlan Nurmukhambetov and Lisa Takeba
Classification: 12A (HIFF)
12-year-old Olzhas is the eldest son of a family who live in the foothills of Tian Shan, the large span of mountain ranges that cross central Asia. The family’s close-knit life is interrupted when a gang of horse thieves kill Olzhas’ father and steal the herd of horses that belonged to the village. To compensate the debts, the family is forced to sell the house and move away. Olzhas’ desperate mother asks a man, for help. Olzhas and the man form a fast connection and, while teaching the boy to ride horses, the pair find themselves face to face with the thieves. In the beautiful countryside of Kazakhstan, the film portrays little Olzhas growing from childhood to adolescence through the time he spends with the man on the road.
An Lanntair Arts Centre, Isle of Lewis: Wednesday 21st of July at 8pm.
Bernera Community Centre, Isle of Lewis: Friday the 23rd of July at 8pm.