Berlinale

Songs from the Southern Seas (Pesni Juzhnykh Morej)

Synopsis
Ivan is Russian and his neighbour Assan is Kazakh. They live next door to each other in a small Kazakh Village. When Ivan’s wife gives birth to a “brown” boy, Ivan suspects that she has been cheating on him with Assan. This conflict remains between the families over the years to come. Father and son similarly agonise over their alienation from one another. Meanwhile the disheartened Assan withdraws further and further. After generations of love and hatred they are all somehow related to each other, Russians with Kazakhs, Christians with Muslims, Europeans with Asians.


World premiere
Eurasia Film Festival 2008

Key festivals and awards
Pusan International Film Festival 2008
Film Festival Cottbus 2008
Nantes Festival des 3 Continents 2008
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Cines Del Sur Granada Film Festival 2009
Sarajevo Film Festival 2009
Best Lead Actress, Eurasia Film Festival 2008
NETPAC Award, Audience Award, Asiaticafilmmediale Rom 2008

Kazakhstan, 2008
Director: Marat Sarulu
Producers: Kino Company (Kazakhstan), Rohfilm (Germany), Kinoproba (Russia), Arizona Films (France)
German WCF partner: Rohfilm

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in October 2005
Funding amount: 80.000 €