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Genre: Musical
Synopsis

If you raise your hand against a sacred tree, you get punished. But people still cut them down. The last example was the Hinovariku cross-tree forest – one of the places where the ancient tradition of cutting crosses into trees to commemorate the deceased is still alive. Souls rest in trees, like Marju Kõivupuu beautifully says.

Taboos are known to unite peoples. Geographical distances mean nothing. Song of the Tree comes closer to us than we could expect. A poor young Kyrgyz man is in love with a daughter of a rich man. His rival is using dishonest tricks. Revenge triggers events which lead to the destruction of an old sacrificial tree and bring chaos to the village. Kirill Razgolov, the Head of Programme of the Moscow Film Festival, has already called the film sensational, primarily in the sense of the unexpected genre – Song of the Tree is a historical musical inspired by a legend a few hundred years old, made out of love towards La La Land.

This stunning film provides a good overview of Kyrgyz folk traditions and ethnography on the backdrop of the enchanting Tian Shan Mountains. It is clear that the people of this country are proud of their traditions. This is their sincere self-assertion which has not yet stepped into the post-modern era where all values are questioned. By respecting ourselves and our roots, we are able to respects others – an old truth which we tend to forget.

The first Kyrgyzstani film and the first musical in the PÖFF Competition Programme.

Tiit Tuumalu

Director
Aibek Daiõrbekov
(b. 1979) graduated first as a TV journalist, then continued his studies in Cinematography Development Foundation of Kyrgyzstan as a film director. Daiyrbekov has written and directed four shorts “The Shore” (2006), “Tree” (2008), “Three in the rain” (2011) and “Boat” (2016) and has also directed two TV-series “Janym” (2010) and “Man history” (2013) in Kazahstan.  
Filmography
  • Darak õrõ (The Song of the Tree, 2018)
Tue, 27.11.2018
6:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
120902
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 120902
Movie guests
Director Aibek Daiyrbekov, Producer  Andrey Epifanov, Producer  Tatyana Petrik, Crew  Evgeny Goryainov
Wed, 28.11.2018
5:15 pm
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
131701
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 131701
Movie guests
Director Aibek Daiyrbekov, Producer  Andrey Epifanov, Producer  Tatyana Petrik, Crew  Evgeny Goryainov
Sat, 01.12.2018
7:45 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 9
160708
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 160708
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Russia
Year: 2018
Duration: 93 minutes
Language: Kirghiz
Director: Aibek Daiõrbekov
Producers: Tolkun Daiyrbekova, Andrei Epifanov, Tanya Petrik
Writers: Aibek Daiyrbekov, Sadyk Sher-Niyaz
DOP: Akzol Bekbolotov
Montage: Eldiar Madakim, Olga Grinshpun
Composer: Zholdoshbek Apasov
Cast: Temirlan Smanbekov, Omurbek Izrailov, Saltanat Bakaeva
Productions: Central Asia Film (Kyrgyzstan), Cinetrain (Russia)
Synopsis

If you raise your hand against a sacred tree, you get punished. But people still cut them down. The last example was the Hinovariku cross-tree forest – one of the places where the ancient tradition of cutting crosses into trees to commemorate the deceased is still alive. Souls rest in trees, like Marju Kõivupuu beautifully says.

Taboos are known to unite peoples. Geographical distances mean nothing. Song of the Tree comes closer to us than we could expect. A poor young Kyrgyz man is in love with a daughter of a rich man. His rival is using dishonest tricks. Revenge triggers events which lead to the destruction of an old sacrificial tree and bring chaos to the village. Kirill Razgolov, the Head of Programme of the Moscow Film Festival, has already called the film sensational, primarily in the sense of the unexpected genre – Song of the Tree is a historical musical inspired by a legend a few hundred years old, made out of love towards La La Land.

This stunning film provides a good overview of Kyrgyz folk traditions and ethnography on the backdrop of the enchanting Tian Shan Mountains. It is clear that the people of this country are proud of their traditions. This is their sincere self-assertion which has not yet stepped into the post-modern era where all values are questioned. By respecting ourselves and our roots, we are able to respects others – an old truth which we tend to forget.

The first Kyrgyzstani film and the first musical in the PÖFF Competition Programme.

Tiit Tuumalu

Director
Aibek Daiõrbekov
(b. 1979) graduated first as a TV journalist, then continued his studies in Cinematography Development Foundation of Kyrgyzstan as a film director. Daiyrbekov has written and directed four shorts “The Shore” (2006), “Tree” (2008), “Three in the rain” (2011) and “Boat” (2016) and has also directed two TV-series “Janym” (2010) and “Man history” (2013) in Kazahstan.  
Filmography
  • Darak õrõ (The Song of the Tree, 2018)