Twelve-year-old Jekshen, an exceptional runner, lives in a beautiful mountain village in Kyrgyzstan. His parents are divorced, and life with his alcoholic father is difficult. Lonely, Jekshen only has his girlfriend from school and his father’s friends for support. They encourage him to take part in a big race —a race that could change his life for the better.
Winner of FIPRESCI Prize at Busan International Film Festival.
Ernest Abdyjaparov, Mirlan Abdykalykov
Temirlan Asankadyrov, Ruslan Orozakunov, Meerim Atantaeva, Ilimbek Kalmuratov
Born in Kyrgyzstan in 1982. He played the lead role in three films directed by his father, Aktan Arym Kubat: The Swing (1993), The Adopted Son (1998, 22nd Mostra) and The Chimp (2001, 25th Mostra). Abdykalykov made his debut as a director with the short Pencil Against Ants (2010). In 2015, he directed his first feature film, Heavenly Nomadic (39th Mostra).