Director: Emil Atageldijev
On the shores of Issyk-Kul Lake lives Termikul, a former history teacher who tragically lost his only daughter. Termikul believes in an ancient legend that since ancient times the people of Kyrgyzstan do not fish in this sacred lake for food, because it is believed that the souls of the ancestors are there waiting for reincarnation. However, a neighbor of his, Askhat, feeds his family by poaching in the lake. His eleven-year-old daughter, Jyldyz, insistently objects, because like the old man, she also believes in the legend and does not eat fish.
Emil Atageldiev is a professional musician and a highly awarded artist of the Kyrgyz Republic since 2001. He has been a member of the Kyrgyz Union of Directors of Photography since 2014. In 2010 he graduated from the Higher Courses of Screenwriters and Film Directors, VGIK, in Moscow. The Lake is his first film as a director and co-writer, and he presented it for the first time at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2020.