Director: Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu
A famous retired writer, Kubat Aliev, is living his last days in absolute precariousness in a society where the only thing that is increasingly valued is wealth. He is a childless widower, and his only wish is that literature will continue to illuminate the disenchanted and small nation to which he belongs. He believes he sees in his friend Sapar, a talented young writer, an heir to his legacy. However, Sapar is very ill and in need of expensive treatment. When Kubat decides to sell his apartment to save the bedridden writer’s life, he learns that his younger brother, a businessman, is being pursued by the IRS because of his debts. Kubat is torn between his desire to save the ailing writer’s life and the pressure to save his family.
Bakyt Mukulis has been awarded in several international festivals and has been recognized in his country as an actor, writer and director. He graduated in 1991 from a Theater School as an actor and film director and is a member of the Union of Directors of Photography of his country. His first feature film was A Father’s Will (2016), which he co-wrote and directed with fellow filmmaker and cinematographer Dastan Zhapar Uulu, with whom he has continued to work on his latest film, Road to Eden (2020).