The River


The Main 1 Sat, Apr 6, 2019 9:15 AM
The Main 1 Mon, Apr 15, 2019 9:35 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Asian Frontiers
Asian Interest
Culture & Society
Family Drama
Release Year:2018
Runtime:108 min
Festivals & Awards:Venice Orizzonti Competition - Best Director Award
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Films Boutique
Director:Emir Baigazin
Producer:Emir Baigazin
Aigerim Satybaldiyeva
Hilde Berg
Cinematographer:Emir Baigazin
Screenwriter:Emir Baigazin
Editor:Emir Baigazin
Composer:Justyna Banaszczyk
Principal Cast:Zhalgas Klanov
Zhasulan Userbayev
Ruslan Userbayev
Bagdaulet Sagindikov
Sultanali Zhaksybek
Filmography:Harmony Lessons (2013)
The Wounded Angel (2016)


This coming-of-age parable from Emir Baigazin (director of MSPIFF 2014 award winning Harmony Lessons) is set in a remote Kazakh village and centers on a father who has done everything in his power to control and isolate his five sons from the outside world. Although the father rules with a iron fist, Aslan, the eldest often left in control, offers his younger brothers a more compassionate window to the world, allowing them the chance to experience diversion and free will in their otherwise rigorous world. As a crack in the family authority starts to emerge, their urban dwelling cousin, Kanat, arrives for a visit with his television and video games, throwing the family's controlled environment into chaos. An interpersonal storm introduces the brothers to the powerful emotions of possession, jealousy and vengeance, leaving us to judge whether it's innocence lost or self-determination gained.

Director Biography

Emir Baigazin

Kazakh actor and filmmaker Emir Baigazin was born on July 19th, 1984. He studied acting cinema at Kazakh National Academy of Arts. At the 58th International Berlin Film Festival, Baigazin was featured on the Berlin Camp of Young Talent.


"[V]isually ravishing and rich in humanistic observations" - Hollywood Reporter