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Luigi De Laurentiis Award Venice Film Fest
"Beads together complex ideas and gorgeously wrought segments like pearls on a string." -Variety
"Beautifully filmed and energetically acted, with standout performances" -New York Post
"Striking, even breathtaking, in visual artistry" -Chicago Tribune
"Entrancing...with the vivid colors and careful composition, this is certainly wonderful to look at" -TimeOut Chicago
"Peculiar but engaging...its riches are there to be discovered, admired and often loved." -NewCity Chicago
A truly extraordinary and original piece of filmmaking, Khadak is a magical and otherworldly journey set against the frozen and barren steppes of Mongolia. The story centers on Bagi, a young nomad whose regular epileptic seizures convince the local shamaness of his powerful inner eye. Bagi resists her calling, but when his family is unceremoniously uprooted by the military (the authorities disingenuously claim that a plague is running through the countryside), he is forced to confront his shamanic destiny. His world suddenly becomes an eerie dreamscape, vividly rendered through abandoned Soviet-era barracks, massive industrial mining operations and his visits to a sacred tree. In a scene indicative of many others, his inner voice calls him to board a coal train and rescue a beautiful young woman buried in the bitumen. She turns out to be a coal thief, and he joins her to become an enemy of the oppressive state bent on destroying their nomadic way of life. Anchored in this sublime landscape, the viewer is able to follow Bagi's spiritual journey, and when he assumes his shamanic leadership, there is an incredible sense of wonder in a beautiful but desolate landscape that are often reminiscent of the films of Tarkovsky. (Philadelphia Film Festival)
Directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth, 2006, Belgium/Germany, 35mm, 104 mins. In Mongolian with English subtitles.