Central Asian Film
Monday October 24th 2005, 12:40 am
Filed under: Uzbekistan

In preparation for the Tuesday screening, I scanned the web for the state of Central Asia’s cinema. There is a great overview on KinoKultura – featuring a vast number of films that were made after the collapse of the SU. The site also features interviews with the most important directors and scriptwriters.

Luna PapaMy favourite so far certainly is Moon Papa (Luna Papa). I saw it around five years ago – when I had not yet been too interested in Central Asia. It’s a German-Russian-French-Tajik- Austrian-Swiss-Japanese co-production. Everyone should see this. It’s simply sensational.

If anyone knows more about the film, where exactly did the shooting take place? The reviews I read are not too exact when it comes to post-Soviet geography; some say it was filmed in Uzbekistan, others speak of Tajikistan. It is quite a fictitious script – but the family in the movie lives somewhat close to Samarkand.

It was quite a surprise-hit in Germany back in 2000. There is a good review (in German) here, another one (featuring photos) here.

You can buy the poster on Amazon.com, although I can only find the actual movie on the German site.

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Yeh, really good film. It was screened on Qayraqum, Soghd Oblast of Tajikistan.

Comment by Khakim 03.22.08 @ 3:21 am

If you are intrested the music was composed by Daler Nazarov.

Comment by Khakim 03.22.08 @ 3:25 am

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