LUNA PAPA

tragicomedy | Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov | AT/DE/CH/RU/FR/JP/TJ | 1999 | 105 min
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Release: 01.03.2000

In a small village not far from Samarkand, seventeen-year-old Mamlakat dreams of becoming an actress. One moonlit night, she is seduced by a mysterious stranger who claims to be a friend of Tom Cruise. He then disappears, leaving Mamlakat pregnant. For her father Safar and brother Nasreddin restoring of the family honour is a question of pride and they set out together to find the culprit. From inside the womb, Khabibulla, who was conceived on that miraculous night, provides a commentary on the incredible adventures and bizarre mishaps that befall the threesome on their search for his father. LUNA PAPA is a fantastic trip through the wild landscapes of Central Asia in which tradition and superstition clash with the chaos of the post-modern world.

With: Chulpan Khamatova, Moritz Bleibtreu, Ato Mukhamedshanov, Merab Ninidze, Nikolai Fomenko and many more

Funding: Österreichisches Filminstitut, Wiener Filmfinanzierungsfonds, Eurimages, Filmboard Berlin Brandenburg, Hessische Filmförderung, Filmförderungsanstalt, Eidgenössisches Department des Innern, Fondation Montecinemaveritá, Fonds du Sud, Ministére de la Culture, Ministére des Affaires Étrangères, Communauté Urbaine de Strasbourg, ZDF/Arte

Credits

CO-PRODUCER Pandora Film, Thomas Koerfer Film AG, NTV-Profit, Euro Space, Tajik Filmstudio, VISS, Les Films de l'observatoire
SCREENPLAY Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov, Irakli Kwirikadze
DIRECTOR Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov
DOP Martin Gschlacht, Dusan Joksimovic, Rostislav Pirumov, Rali Ralchev
EDITOR Kirk von Heflin, Evi Romen
Music Daler Nasarov
Art Department Negmat Jouraiev
COSTUME DESIGNER Zebo Nasirova
MAKE UP Jakob Walter Peier
Distributor Filmladen

Prizes

NIKA
  • Best Director
TBILISI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • Golden Prometheus
BERGEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • Jury Award
RUSSIAN GUILD OF FILM CRITICS
  • Best Film
BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • FIPRESCI Prize - special Mention
  • Young European Jury Award
HONFLEUR FESTIVAL OF RUSSIAN CINEMA
  • Best Actress
NANTES THREE CONTINENTS FESTIVAL
  • Golden Montgolfiere
  • Young Audience Award
TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • Best Artistic Contribution Award