Suleiman Mountain
Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, 2017, 101 min, 16+
director Elizaveta Stishova
script Alisa Khmelnitskaya
director of photography Tudor Vladimir Panduru
designers Svetlana Dubina, Inara Abdieva
producers Elena Yatsura, Victor Kuznetsov, Andrey Devyatkin
cast Aset Imangaliev, Perizat Ermanbetova, Daniel Dayyrbekov, Turgunay Erkinbekova
Feature film debut of Russian director Elizaveta Stishova, shot on location in Central Asia by the famous Romanian cinematographer Tudor Vladimir Panduru. Suleiman is a popular name of a small mountain near Issyk-Kul lake and cities of Osh and Bishkek. This is a place of prayers for locals, they come to the mountain to ask for health, love and happiness. What does Uluk, an orphanage kid, ask for? Happiness in his difficult foster family: father Karabas cannot choose between his first wife Zhipara (who calls herself Uluk's mother) and Turganbyubyu, his second wife pregnant with his child. The two women fight for a man's love while moving around the country in an old truck.

The screening will be introduced by director Elizaveta Stishova and producer Elena Yatsura
Elizaveta Stishova graduated from the Russian Institute of Theater Arts and Higher Courses of Screenwriters and Directors (Vladimir Menshov's class). She is an alum of Berlinale Talents (in 2014). Stishova has made several shorts which won awards at film festivals. In 2015 she directed a stage production of Alisa Khmelnitskaya's Fur Recyclables.

Elizaveta Stishova