The Hunter / OKHOTNIK

The Hunter / OKHOTNIK

Director:  Serik Aprymov / France, Japan, Kazakhstan / 2004 / Colour /  93 mins /Kazakh

3_the-hunter_2Synopsis:  12-year-old Erken is living with his single mother, a provocative, local beauty. One day, a hunter comes from the steppe and spends the night with his mother. In an act of rebellion, the boy steals the hunter’s horse and his weapon, and plunders a local shop. To avoid Erken’s imprisonment and to help his mother, the hunter takes the boy away with him into the wild. The boy comes to know the shepherd’s life, the passion of women whose loneliness Hunter satisfies, and the struggle against the wolves. One day he discovers his mother in the snow, half frozen on her way up the mountain for a visit. At Hunter’s suggestion, he warms her with his naked body. His mother survives but the police take Erken to serve his time. Years later, Erken, released from prison, saddles a horse. He is headed for the mountain, for nature’s beautiful but inhospitable elements in order to continue living the life into which the nameless lone Hunter once initiated him.

3_the-hunter_3Direction & Screenplay Serik Aprymov
Production Gulmira Aprymova
Cinematography Hasan Kiridaliev
Music Kazbek Spano
Editing Dina Bersugurova, Tatiana Suhorukova
Cast Dogdurbek Kidiraliev, Alibek Zhuasbaev, Gulnazid Omarova

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