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Do Not Use · 1st November 2009
Cortes Cinema Club
Manson's Hall Tuesday November 10
Gourmet Snacks by Lisa Jo
Admission $7

Featuring exquisite cinematography, authentic performances and witty engaging drama, Tulpan is a charming and accessible film for all audiences. Rooted in social observation, it balances a tender intimacy with a delightful sense of play.

Tulpan, the charming first feature from writer-director Sergey Dvortsevoy, won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. With its deceptively straightforward narrative, Tulpan presents a fresh perspective on a simple love story, complemented by a striking landscape and an endless menagerie of exotic animals. The result is an amusing and heartwarming tale of hope, conflict and the dreams that make life bearable.

Recently discharged from the Russian naval service, young Asa has travelled back to southern Kazakhstan’s distant Hunger Steppe to reunite with his nomadic older sister and her husband. Wishing to become a shepherd like his brother-in-law, Asa is surprised to learn that he must be married before he can attain a herd of his own. Desperate to achieve his goal by any means necessary, the young man begins to fantasize about finding a wife.

Unfortunately, the only unmarried girl in the area is Tulpan (the mysterious and elusive title character), the daughter of another shepherd family who tells her parents to reject Asa’s proposal. This setback does not deter him, however, and he clings to the hope of an existence that may not be achievable on the steppe. With the help of his friend Boni , Asa endeavours to prove to his brother-in-law that he is indeed a skilled shepherd and to convince Tulpan’s parents that he is a worthy suitor.

Cannes Film Festival: Un Certain Regard Prize 2008
Asian Film Festival: Best Cinematography
Montreal Festival of New Cinema: Best Feature Film
Zurich Film Festival: Best Film