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directed by Siergiej Dworcewoj written by Siergiej Dworcewoj, Giennadij Ostrowski director of photography Jolanta Dylewska


  • Cannes International Film Festival, 2008 - Main Award in Un Certain Regard Section, Prix de la Jeunesse Award, Prix de l'Education Nationale Award
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival , 2008 - East of the West Award, NETPACK Award
  • Film Festival Cottbus - Festival of East European Cinema, 2008 - Award for Directing, Jury Mention, Interfilm and Signis Award
  • International Cinematographers' Film Festival "Manaki Brothers", Bitola, Macedonia, 2008 - Silver Camera Award for Jolanta Dylewska
  • Montreal World Film Festival - Louvre d'Or Award for Best Film
  • Tokyo International Film Festival, 2008 - Grand Prix
  • The Times BFI - London Film Festival, 2008 - Sutherland Trophy
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2008 - Best Feature Film
  • Zurich Film Festival, 2008 - Golden Eye Award for Best Film
  • Reykjavik International Film Festival, 2008 - New Visions Award - Discovery of the Year

Bułat has completed his sevice at the Russian navy and returns to the Kazakh steppes. He stays with his sister, who married a local shepherd. Bułat dreams about having his own herd, but first he has to marry, which is not so simple. He is quite keen on Tulpan, but the girl rejects his affections. His dreams about having his own home and herd are confronted by cruel reality: drought and starvation...