Berlinale

Remote Control

Synopsis
Remote Control is the story of Tsog, a runaway boy who longs to control his dream world and harsh reality with the help of a stolen remote control. Tsog and his little brother are growing up in a loveless home with a bitter stepmother and a drunken father. His only survival is to retreat inside his imaginary world. And he constantly draws pictures of his favorite hero – a young monk. He finds joy and pleasure in observing other people’s lives. What begins as an innocent game turns gradually into obsession and Tsog starts focusing on a beautiful young woman, Anu. Just like Tsog, she seems to be longing for affection and care, wandering through memories and dreaming of future happiness. But growing up from his dream and fantasy world Tsog decides to face reality in the end. He saves Anu’s flat from a robbery using the remote control for the last time.

Director’s note
The film is a story of two young people – Tsog and Anu. The theme emerging through their storylines is control. Both have been trying to control their own lives – symbolically being able to fly above the circumstances of their lives.


World Premiere
Pusan International Film Festival, 2013

Key festivals and awards
New Currents Awards, Busan International Film Festival 2013
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014
Göteborg International Film Festival 2014
Vilnius International Film Festival 2014
Seattle International Film Festival 2014

Mongolia, 2013
Director: Byamba Sakhya
Producers: Guru Media (Mongolia), Ma.ja.de (Germany)
German WCF partner: Ma.ja.de
World sales: Deckert Distribution (Germany)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2012
Funding amount: 30,000 €