Decamping to the countryside, three siblings discover an alcoholic squatter holed up in their late mother’s cabin. Given that the local police chief is the intruder’s brother, an escalating blood feud becomes unavoidable. "Kafka meets Kaurismäki… [Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s film] is a caustic critique of small-town corruption and croneyism in contemporary Kazakhstan. It is also poetic, surreal and visually arresting."—Hollywood Reporter
France, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic
Eloquent and engrossing, George Ovashvili’s fable-like drama unfolds on a tiny island that emerges each summer from a river between warring Georgia and Abkhazia. For the skillful elderly peasant who plants its amazing corn crop and his nubile granddaughter, it’s soon the site of a desperate struggle for survival. "A master class in emotionally charged minimalism…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Crystal Globe, Karlovy Vary 2014.