Original name: Suleiman Gora
English name: Suleiman Mountain
Run time: 101’
Language: Russian, Kyrgyz
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Kyrgyzstan / Russia
Director: Elizaveta Stishova
Producer: Yelena Yatsura, Andrey Devyatkin, Victor Kuznetsov
Cast: Daniel Daiyerbekov, Perizat Ermanbetova, Asset Imangaliev, Turgunay Erkinbekova
Screenplay: Alisa Khmelnitskaya
Cinematographer: Tudor Vladimir Panduru
Editor: Karolina Maciejewska
Production Designer: Svetlana Dubina
Production Company: Virtual Kick Studio
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Originally from Moscow, Elizaveta Stishova has spent most of her film career in Kyrgyzstan working with Bishkek-based Aitysh Film. She was assistant director of Queen of the Mountains (2014), the Kyrgyz entry for nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. A graduate of the lauded Higher Course for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, Shishova also participated in the 2014 Berlinale Talents Campus. Suleiman Mountain (2017) is her debut feature.
Karabas is a difficult man: a hard-gambling, hard-drinking, child-in-a-man’s body who puts only himself first before his family. When his wife #1, Zhipara, calls to tell him she has found their long-lost son, Uluk, Karabas rushes to her, much to the dismay of his much younger, pregnant wife #2, Turganbyubyu.
Soon the new family dynamics are stretched past their limits, and Karabas is caught between his old ways and the two women bearing his sons: one re-born and one yet to come.
Now this unusual family must decide if they are to co-exist or tear each other apart as old wounds are ripped open and deception becomes the rule of the day.Suleiman Mountain tells the coming of age story of a grown man who must first lose love in order to find it.