Little Brother / Bauyr
Director: Serik Aprymov / Kazakhstan / 2013 / 97 mins
Synopsis: Story set back in a remote village lost in the mountains. Nine-year-old kid, Yerken, who lives alone, resembles an ill nestling forced to live without any support and help whatsoever. Yerken is full of joy and happiness as his older brother returns home. Unfortunately, the older brother turns out to be the direct opposite of little Yerken. He is cold and hollow-hearted. Little Yerken doesn’t notice his defected personality due to the infinite love to his older brother. In the film’s finale, the older brother leaves and Yerken is left all alone in this world. Yerken never leaves an impression of a helpless little boy, depending on everyone and everything around him. Yerken doesn’t fight the reality around him—he is too young for that. He is self-contained and protected by his inner world.
Direction & Screenplay Serik Aprymov
Production Gulmira Zaripova, Dinara Aprymova
Cinematography Alexander Rubanov
Editing Silvan Kutandin
Music Myrzali Zhienbayev
Cast Almat Galym, Alisher Aprymov, Murat Omarov, Dokhdurbek Kydyraliyev
Director Biography: Serik Aprymov was born in the village of Aksuat, in northern Kazakhstan in 1960; he earned a diploma from Almaty and then studied film at the VGIK in Moscow. He made his first film, Kijan (last stop), in 1992. With Aksuat he participated in the 1999 Berlinale, where he returned in 2000 with Three Brothers. In 2003 his film, The Hunter, was screened in the special Camera d’Or section of the Cannes Festival.