The Gift to Stalin

The Gift to Stalin
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The Gift to Stalin
Kazakhstan, 2008, 95 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Russia
Topics: Coming of Age, Drama, Jewish Interest
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Russian, Kazakh, Hebrew English Sub-Titles

Set against the sweeping beauty of the Kazakh steppes, Gift is the heartwarming tale of a young orphaned Jewish boy who is sent into exile during a Stalinist purge, but saved by a gruff older Muslim. Gorgeously photographed, the film exhibits the kind of charm that critics have compared to Cinema Paradiso and Il Postino.

DIRECTOR: Rustem Abdrashev
Producer: Boris Cherdabayev
Editor: Sylvain Coutandin
Screenwriter: Pavel Finn
Cinematographer: Khasan Kidiraliev
Music: Kuat Shildebayev
Principal Cast: Nurjuman Ikhtimbayev, Dalen Shintemirov, Yekaterina Rednikova, Bakhtiar Khoja
Filmography: Patchwork (2007), Ostrov vozrozhdeniya (2004)
US Distributor: Seagull Films
Print Source: Nikola Film

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