Director: Mirlan Abdykalykov
Jekshen, an exceptional 12-year-old runner lives in a beautiful mountain village in Kyrgyzstan. His parents are divorced and life with his alcoholic father is complicated. The lonely Jekshen has only the support of his school girlfriend and his father’s friends. They encourage him to take part in an important race that could change his life.
Mirlan Abdykalykov graduated in 2004 from the Faculty of Journalism of the Kyrgyz National State University. Before graduating, between 1990 and 2001, he landed the lead role in three films directed by Aktan Abdykalykov (Swing, The Adopted Son and The Chimp). Between 2010 and 2017 he worked as first assistant director for Aktan Arym Kubat’s The Light Thief and Centaur. In 2010 he made his directorial debut with the short film Pencil Against Ants and in 2015 he made his first feature film Heavenly Nomadic.