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The Song of the Tree
Year:  2018
Running Time:  93 minutes
Country:  Kyrgyzstan/Russia
Language:  Kirghiz with English subtitles
Genre:  Romance
Venue:  Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street]
Cast:  Temirlan Smanbekov, Omurbek Izrailov, Saltanat Bakaeva
Showtime:   Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 03:45 PM
Director:  Aibek Daiyrbekov

Description:
  This unexpectedly entertaining musical is a winning new genre for cinema from Kyrgystan, showing the colorful nomadic traditions and the history and customs of Kyrgyz people.

During the 18th century, in a small village of nomads, there is a sacred tree, which holds the secrets of generations. Women pray here. The village is full of peace and grace.

The young man from a poor family (Esen) is in love with the daughter of the main bai of the village (Begimai), she reciprocates his love. But her father (Bazarbai) and his surroundings despise the young man and humiliate him at every opportunity. One day Esen, angry after an unfair loss in the game, steals meat prepared for important guests, and gives it to his dog. There is a scandal in the village, it is impossible to cook another meal, there is no firewood. It is a shame for the owners. In order to cook the meat, they cut down the sacred tree for firewood.

Everything changes overnight, chaos ensues. The cattle are dead. The village is full of strife and death. The sacred tree takes revenge. It bleeds. Esen and Begimai run away from the village. The main characters will wander, be reborn, meet, make fateful actions and change their lives and the lives of their people.

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Director Statement:

The Song of the Tree is a film about the love between a boy and a girl, a mother and her son and a man and his homeland. It is adapted from real stories that my grandmother used to tell me when I was a child. Mankind does not change through the centuries — men have the same feelings of love, hate, envy, pride or self-sacrifice now and fa ew hundred years ago.

The film doesn’t use a lot of special effects but confides instead in the power of music. Songs are used when words are lacking. I shot this film with the same love and fascination as that of a boy listening to the stories of his grandma.

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Attending: Eleonora Granata [Melograno Films]



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