Ondas Besikbasov, Samal Esljamova, Ashkat Kuchencherekov
Un Certain Regard Prize
(2008 Cannes Film Festival)
After completing his naval service, young Asa travels back to the bleak and windswept Kazakh
steppe where his sister and her shepherd husband live a nomadic life. To start his new life,
eager Asa must get married first before he can become a shepherd himself. Asa’s only hope
for marriage on the deserted steppe is Tulpan, the daughter of another shepherd family. Poor
Asa is disappointed to learn that Tulpan doesn’t like him because she thinks that his ears are
too big. But Asa doesn’t give up, and continues to dream of a life that may not be possible...
Funny, charming and breathtaking in equal measure, Tulpan tells of a family not only
surviving but relishing life in an almost other-worldly landscape. It held Cannes audiences &
critics in raptures.
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