The Fly Up
Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. 2002. 10 min. Color and b/w.
35 mm, DOLBY: SRD Digital
Kino (Kazakhstan) and Studio Kumai (Krygyzstan).
In Kyrgyz, no subtitles. English credits.
Director and scriptwriter: Marat Sarulu
Camera: Kadyrzhan Kydyraliev and Talant Akynbekov
Artistic direction: Shailobek Dzhekshenbaev
Composer: Baktybek Alisherov
Sound: Bakyt Nizaliev
Starring: Gapar Akylbekob, Assol' Abdullina, Mukhambet Toktabaev
The film's title, The Fly Up, refers to the elegant ride on a wind
glider that lifts the hero of Sarulu's short film away from the banalities of
everyday contemporary Kyrgyz life. By means of two opposing stylistic systems,
Sarulu gracefully shifts from depictions of a trapped life, one bounded by the
confined spaces of work, home, and the overbearing community to images of
freedom and personal autonomy. Black and white film, high-angle shots of the
protagonist, incomprehensible noise of screaming masses, and metaphors of
incarceration (for example, the repeated portrayal of the hero behind the bars)
suggest the limitations for an individual within the society. However, within
this meditation on the classic question of the society versus the individual,
it is ultimately, in this instance, the individual that wins. As the
protagonist makes his way from the village center to the countryside, black and
white gives way to color, the camera shifts its position from a vertical to
horizontal axis, and the noise of heckling crowds is replaced first by
inspired, operatic music, and finally by the sounds of the wind that carry the
film's hero away.
Marat Sarulu (b. 1957), along with Aktan Abdykalykov, is one of the two
significant contemporary Kyrgyz directors. Having graduated from Kyrgyz State
University in 1980 with a philological degree, Sarulu moved to Moscow to
completed advanced courses on screenwriting and directing.
||Face to Face
||The Hunter's Family
||The Snowy Train Station
Artist-producer and director of animated film
||Praying for the Purest Bird
||In Spe (screened at International Film
Festival at Sochi in 1994 as well as at the festival of Central Asian cinema
in Japan, 1994)
||My Brother, The Silk Road
||The Fly Up (short)