Aktan Abdikalikow - Arym Kubat
Born in 1957 in Kirghizstan, Aktan Abdikalikov studied at art school, graduating in 1980. He then worked as a set-designer at Studio Kirghizfilm and worked in this capacity on several fiction films. In 1990 he made a short documentary film, A Dog was Running. In 1993 his mid-length film Sel’kincek recounted an eleven year old boy’s discovery of the adult world. It won an award in Locarno’s Leopards of Tomorrow competion, a FIPRESCI Jury mention in Turin and First Prize at the Potsdam Festival. In between making two short films, he directed public service films, one of which, Yris-Aldy-Yntimak won the Grand Prix at the Moscow International Advertising Festival. In 2001, Aktan Abdikalikov directed his second feature film, Maimal (The Monkey), which was selected for the section Un certain regard at Cannes.
Movies by Aktan Abdikalikow - Arym Kubat in Collection
They call him "Svet-ake" ("Mr. Light"). The electrician is responsible for bringing more than just light to the people around him. Like moths, everybody is drawn to his kindness: those with short circuits in their electricity, and those with short circuits in their marriage, those who have taken all the power in the city, and those who have given up the will to live. He helps everyone and is everywhere. More
Beshkempir (The Adopted Son) takes its title from the name of the boy whose story it tells. His life is sunny and carefree, spent in childhood games, until the day he hears terrible news from his playmates: he is not his parents’ biological child. Overnight, his best friend becomes his rival and the young girl of his dreams starts going bicycling with somebody else. His pleasant and peaceful existence is over: if his parents are not his own, Beshkempir feels he has lost his whole identity. More