KUKTAU - THE SKY MOUNTAIN
Tatar Feature debut at ZLIN CHILDRENS FILM FEST, Czech Republic
Thursday 1 January 1970
KUKTAU is the first film ever made in Tatar June 1, 2005
KUKTAU is the first full-length feature film ever made in Tatar. Its
presentation at the 45th ZLIN International Childrens` Film Festival in
Republic on May 30th has raised considerable interest, highlighted by
onstage appearance of lovely Alina Rizvanova, Executive Producer, in
costume, singing a song in Tartar before the audience "Children should
separated from their Parents".
A production of the The Kazan Documentary Film Studio and Sabantui
with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of
Tatarstan, located in the Center of Russia, the feature is directed by
filmaker Ildar Yagafarov, both a director's and producer's debut, and
the Kazan Documentary Film Studio and outskirts.
The moving story is about the relationship between two lonely people
each other through fate - Bulat, a disabled boy and a grown-up man,
Both have a tragic past, having lost their families in a freak car
When Karim witnesses the adoption procedure of young Bulat by an
couple which have paid for the young cripple and promised an operation,
kidnaps him to prevent his expatriation.
This is not an easy, albeit altruistic task though, and soon the
between both individuals and society steeps in, following a short term
of openness, contact with nature and liberation for young Bulat, and
dictates move to separate both misfits after a brief spell of
Particularly touching are the first-time minimalist performances of the
leading protagonists, in a setting completely unknown to foreign
but which successfully transmit human empathy re uprooting of children
from their families and nationalities.
In her introduction, Ms. Rizvanova, noted that Kazan Documentary School
very famous in Russia and last year celebrated its 80th anniversary of
Cinematography of the Republic of Tatarstan, thereby emphasizing the
distinction with Russian Cinematography, generally only universally
and usually connected with Moscow or St.-Petersburg.
Russian Cinema, she stressed, is multinational and the showing of
at Zlin FF,in its first festival presentation outside Russia attests to
No doubt, the Kazan Studio, which until now, only produced
be highly solicited for its first feature KUKTAU, on the international
Helen Dobrensky at 45th ZLIN Childrens Fest, Czech Republic
KUKTAU (SKY MOUNTAIN)
35 mm, 8 parts, 2196,6 m, Duration - approximately 80 minutes.
Colour, mono, normal.
Director - Ildar Yagafarov
Scriptwriter - Mansur Gilyazov
Camera - Rafik Galeev
Art director/artist - Sergey Skomorokhov
Music - Yuri Chaplin
Cast: Farid Bikchantayev, Yusuf Bikchantayev, Rinat Tazetdinov, Azgar
Shakirov, Firdavus Khairullina, Shaukat Biktemirov, Lyaisan Dusayeva,
Producer: Svetlana Bukharayeva
Executive producer: Alina Rizvanova
Production - The Kazan Documentary Film Studio, Sabantui Studio with
support of Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan