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The Chimp

Original title
Maimil
Year
Running time
92 min.
Country
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan
Director
Screenwriter
Aktan Abdykalykov, Avtandil Adikulov, Artandie Adykyeov, Tonino Guerra
Music
Alexand Turtaev, Aleksandr Yurtayev
Cinematography
Khasan Kydyraliyev
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Kyrgyzstan-France-Japan; Beshkempir Films / Bitters End / Haut et Court / Multivision / Noé Productions / Studio Beshkempir / TPS Cinéma
Genre
Drama | Army. Alcoholism
Synopsis / Plot
A young man learns how hard growing up can be in this family themed drama. Maimyl (Mirlan Abdykalykov), or “the Chimp,” is a teenager growing up in a quiet town in the Central Asian nation of Kirgizstan; he gained his nickname thanks to his large, protruding ears. There isn’t much for a young man to do in Maimyl’s hometown except kill time and wait to be drafted, and as he waits for his call-up for mandatory military service, Maimyl tries to sort out his relationship with his girlfriend and make peace with his father (Dzylkycy Dzakypov), who has a severe drinking problem. However, he soon has bigger family problems to deal with when his mother (Aingul Essenkoyeva) decides she’s had enough of her husband’s alcoholism and leaves him, taking their younger daughter with her. Maimyl was screened as part of the Un Certain Regard program at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
Awards
2001: Nominada in European Film Awards: Award Discovery
2001: 2 Awards Festival Internacional of Bratislava: FIPRESCI & Jury Prize Ecuménico
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