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Tengri

Temur, a 30-year-old Kazakh, returns full of hope to find his father in the Kyrgyz Mountains. He locates the nomad mountain village, but his father has passed away a long time ago. Temur decides to stay and meets Amira, a beautiful young woman. Temur supports Amira, realizing too late that he has fallen in love with the young married woman. Amira and Temur become lovers. When Amira´s husband returns from war, the couple is forced to leave the village. Between East and West they invent a universe where life again becomes worth living.


Marie Jaoul de Poncheville began working as a journalist in 1975 and has been travelling to Central Asia for 20 years as a filmmaker and writer. She has published the books Sept Femmes au Tibet (1989) and Le chaman et l´énfant (1995), and directed several feature and documentary films, including Lung Ta: The Wind Riders (1990), Molom, Conte de Mongolia (1995), Yoenden (2002), and Tengri (2008).
Genre Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Marie Jaoul de Poncheville
Screenplay Marie Jaoul de Poncheville, Jean Francois Goyet, Azamat Kadyraliev
Cinematography Asan Imanaliev, Sylvie Carcédo
Catherine Quesemand
Nikolai Mrousitch, Birgit Lokke
Kassym Ismaiov
Producers Talaibek Baponov, Emmanuel Schlumberger, Frank Mueller, Dieter Horres
Production Companies Asia Karavan/Bishtek, L Films/Paris, Cine Dok/Berlin, in association with ARTE France Cinéma/Paris
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Kyrgyz/Russian
Subtitled Versions English, French, German
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals WIFTS Los Angeles 2008, Issyk-Kul Film Festival 2008, Amazonas Film Festival de Manaus 2008, Eurasia International Film Festival 2008, Montreal 2008, Munich 2008, Mill Valley 2009, Palm Springs 2009
Awards Best Film & Best Female Director WIFTS Los Angeles 2008, Best Actress Issyk-Kul 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Fund, CNC, Eurimages

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