Experiencing Interruptions?

The Lake

In our time a small Kyrgyz village on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, where our heroes live as neighbors for many years.
Temirkul - a 75-year old lonely history teacher, who in past tragically lost his only daughter, follower of old legends that Kyrgyzs’ since ancient times never eat fish from sacred lake believing that those are souls of ancestors waiting for new incarnation.
His neighbor - Askhat - feeds his family by being a fish poacher, embittered by daily survival.
And 11-year-old poacher's daughter Jyldyz, who feels a deep inner protest against poaching. She is being under deep influence of old man, believes in the legend and doesn't eat fish is like old man too, which causes lack of understanding of her family and peers.
When the wife of an old man suddenly dies, they have a conflict with Askhat. The old teacher doesn’t want to bury his wife according to Muslim traditions.
But Askhat impose by force his will on the old man and takes all the worries about "decent" funeral upon herself.

  • Emil Atageldiev
  • Erke Dzhumakmatova
  • Emil Atageldiev
  • Erke Dzhumakmatova
  • Sadyk Sher-Niyaz
  • Artykpay Suyndukov
    Key Cast
  • Bolot Tentimishov
    Key Cast
  • Malika Aydabosunova
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    1 hour 40 minutes
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    February 1, 2020
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    90,000 USD
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    Digital (ARRI ALEXA)
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  • Shangai International Film Festival
    July 29, 2020
    Nominee "Asian New Talent Award"
  • Golden Globe Foreign Language Film Submissions
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 29, 2020
    Official HFPA Screening
    Official Submission
  • Asian World Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 15, 2021
    Official selection
  • British Independent Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    May 28, 2021
    Nomination "Best Feature Film"
  • Kazan International Muslim Film Festival
    Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan
    Russian Federation
    September 5, 2021
    Official selection "Russia - Islamic world"
Director Biography - Emil Atageldiev

Director Emil Atageldiev, the title of Honored Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic since 2001. In 2010 he graduated the Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors, VGIK, Moscow.
Since 2014 is a member of the Union of Cinematographers of Kyrgyzstan.
Short films participated:
IFF Shaken's Stars, Kazakhstan 2012.
IFF DIDOR, Tajikistan 2012.
IFF HOFF 2014 Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival Estonia 2014.
IFF Kyrgyzstan land of short films 2012, Special jury prize.
Diploma from the Youth Department of Kyrgyzstan.
Professional musician, the winner of the most prestigious international competitions in France, Italy and Israel.
1999 graduate student in the L´École Normale de Musique de Paris- Alfred Cortot.
1994 - 1998 Gnesins Russian Academy of Music.

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