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A Feature film by Jacques Debs

Produced by Les Films d'Ici

Release in France : 25/02/2009


    Ali and Ouloubeg are two buzkashi champions in Uzbekistan. They love the same girl, Mohabat, which means Loved One. Which of these two outstanding horsemen will she choose? Her heart wavers. The two men set out, one descending from the mountains, the other crossing the plain, for a decisive encounter: a three-day-long buzkaski bout in which a hundred horsemen will participate.

    This is an exceptional event and all the inhabitants come out for it. Its results will decide between the suitors and seal the lovers’ fate. In the magnificent cirque of Baysoon in southern Uzbekistan, stand the high, sumptuous mountains separating Uzbekistan from Afghanistan. It is here that the buskaski will take place. Who will win the heart of beautiful Mohabat?
    The stars and the poets are called to attend this universal encounter. It is a struggle that the horsemen engage in, but above all, one of man against himself, in a chase to unite with nature and his own nature. It demands that participants surpass themselves. Horses also live through this life and death combat with total abandon, by accepting all the risks, aware of being equal with their human partners. It is an ode to life and love that is celebrated by the bonds that unite us to the universe.

    Buskaski, the Song of the Steppes is a film at the edges of documentary because the characters are real. They speak to us of their lives, all the while recounting a tale. Hence, throughout the film, a storyteller recites a love poem by Hafiz, the great Persian poet, and adds a mystical dimension to the film.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films d'Ici

    Foreign production companies :

    Telewizja Polska - TVP, Trt 2

    Co-production :

    Arte GEIE - Strasbourg

    French distribution :

    Bodega Films

    Photos (5)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Serge Lalou

    Screenwriter :

    Jacques Debs

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Julie Dejode

    Sound Editor :

    Germain Boulay

    Sound Mixer :

    Denis Lefdup

    Sound recordist :

    Venia Li

    Production manager :

    Anne Cohen-Solal

    Editor :

    Maureen Mazurek

    Music Composers :

    Burhan Öcal, Volkan Gumuslu, Sverrir Gudjonsson

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    Feature film

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    1 h 30 min

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