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Mongol: The Early Years of Genghis Khan

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Original title
  • Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan
Running time
126 min.
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
Arif Aliyev, Sergey Bodrov
Tuomas Kantelinen
Rogier Stoffers, Sergei Trofimov
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Co-production Kazakhstan-Russia-Germany-Mongolia; Andreevsky Flag Film Company / Kinofabrika / Kinokompaniya CTB / X-Filme Creative Pool / Eurasia Film Production
Drama. Adventure. War | Biography. 13th Century
Synopsis / Plot
The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206. Mongol delves into the dramatic and harrowing early years of the Genghis Khan, who was born as Temudgin in 1162. As it follows Temudgin from his perilous childhood to the battle that sealed his destiny, the film paints a multidimensional portrait of the future conqueror, revealing him not as the evil brute of hoary stereotype, but as an inspiring, fearless and visionary leader.
2007: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
2008: European Film Awards: 2 Nominations, including Best film (Awdience Award)
2008: 6 Awards Nika, including Best Movie and Director
2008: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
Critics' reviews
  • "Mongol is a ferocious film, blood-soaked (...) As a visual spectacle, it is all but overwhelming, putting to shame some of the recent historical epics from Hollywood. (...) Rating: ★★★½ (out of four)."
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