The Light Thief (Svet-Ake)

They call him “Svet-ake” (“Mr. Light”). The electrician is responsible for bringing more than just light to the people around him. Like moths, everybody is drawn to his kindness: those with short circuits in their electricity, and those with short circuits in their marriage, those who have taken all the power in the city, and those who have given up the will to live. He helps everyone and is everywhere. He doesn’t even shy from breaking the law, rewinding an old and lonely pensioner’s electricity meter so that he doesn’t owe the State, but rather the State owes him. The economic devastation of the country has had an enormous impact on the working people and yet despite the upheaval they have not lost the ability to love, to suffer, to share their lives with friends, and enjoy what they have …

World premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2010, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Key festivals and awards
Locarno International Film Festival 2010
Toronto International Film Festival 2010
Sao Paolo International Film Festival 2010
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2010
Doha Tribeca 2010

Kyrgyzstan, 2010
Director: Aktan Arym Kubat (Aktan Abdykalykov)
Producers: Oy Art (Kyrgyzstan), A.S.A.P. Films (France), Pallas Film (Germany), Volya Films (The Netherlands)
German WCF partner: Pallas Film
World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2006
Funding amount: 70.000 €