Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains (Kurmanjan Datka)山嶺の女王 クルマンジャン

Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains (Kurmanjan Datka)

Official Selections of Focus on Asia IFF Fukuoka

Contry of Production
Kyrgyzstan
Year of Production
2014
Running Time
136 mins
Director
Shdyk Sher-Niyaz
Cast
Elina Abai kyzy / Nazira Mambetova Zhamal Seydakmatova
Category
Status
Completed
Language(s)
Kyrgyz / Russian
Official Website
www.kurmanjan.com

Synopsis

During the early 19th century it is predicted that Kurmanjan, a young girl from Central Asia, will have a great destiny and that she will become the ruler of her country and save the nation from total destruction. This prediction was mocked, as women at that time had no rights. As a young woman, Kurmanjan is forced into an arranged marriage with a man she does not love. However, on the first night she runs away back home, breaking with tradition and bringing shame on herself and her family. The feud between the two families is resolved by Alymbek Datka (ruler of the Alai highland country) who frees Kurmanjan from the imposed marriage and later takes her as his wife. But several years later he is murdered, leaving Kurmanjan widowed with a young family. After her husband’s death, the burden of the responsibility for the safety of the people and the independence of her country falls on the shoulders of Kurmanjan. Nearby enemy states attack Alai but Kurmanjan gathers together an army and fights back. Due to her wisdom and strong-willed character, she manages to prevent interstate intrigue between the Kokand Khanate and Bukhara Emirate and receives the title “Datka” (General), the first time in the history of Asia that

this honored title has been received by a woman. As time progresses, the Russian Empire invades Central Asia and begins its colonial policy but, after long battles and numerous losses, eventually signs a peace agreement with Kurmanjan Datka. However, the new Russian military governor dislikes Kurmanjan and decides to destroy her people. Kurmanjan, realizing the power of the Russian Empire’s army, does not want to come into conflict with him. However, the governororders the arrest of one of Kurmanjan’s sons, ostensibly for the murder of Russian soldiers, and sentences him to death by public hanging. Kurmanjan is faced with the dilemma of choosing between the life of her son or the fate of the entire nation.

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19世紀、中央アジアにおいてキルギス人の誇りを貫いた高地民族の女 王クルマンジャン・ダトカの生涯を壮大なシルクロードの大自然を舞台に 描いた歴史ドラマ。19世紀初頭、クルマンジャンは裕福な家族に生まれ た。18才になったクルマンジャンは家族の都合で見知らぬ男性と結婚す るはめになるが、なんと彼女は初夜に逃げ戻ってくるのだった。やがて、 キルギス統一をめざす青年アルムベクに見初められ妻となるが…。

 

Previous Festivals and Awards
・Montreal World Film Festival (Canada)
・International Eurasian Film Festival in New York (USA)  (Best Film/Best Actress/Best Screenplay/Best Supporting Actress)

 

Screening Schedule

9/19(Sat)12:50~(136mins)@United Cinema Canal City 13

9/22(Tue)13:00~(136mins)@United Cinema Canal City 13

9/24(Thu)13:00~(136mins)@United Cinema Canal City 13

Attention: The schedule may change anytime. Please check the latest information on the website.

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