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City of Wind

Directed by
Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir

Status World Premiere
Country France . Germany . Mongolia . Netherlands . Portugal . Qatar
Original Title City of Wind
Year 2023
Language Mongolian
Genre . Coming of Age . Drama
Duration 103min
Distributor Arizona Distribution
Status World Premiere
Country France . Germany . Mongolia . Netherlands . Portugal . Qatar
Original Title City of Wind
Year 2023
Language Mongolian
Genre Coming of Age . Drama
Duration 103min
Distributor Arizona Distribution
Ze is a timid 17-year-old shaman. He studies hard at school to succeed in the cold, callous society of modern Mongolia, while communing with his ancestral spirit to help those in his community.

But when Ze encounters Maralaa, his senses are awakened
and another reality manifests.

Director

Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir is a Mongolian scriptwriter and director, born in 1989.

Lkhagvadulam graduated from Dokuz Eylul University (Turkey) with a BA in film direction and interned at the Mongolian National Broadcaster. She also completed an academic certificate in screenwriting from FAMU (Czech Republic) in 2015. Alongside this, she also studied an MA in screenwriting at KinoEyes European Filmmaking Masters (Portugal). Furthermore, she taught History of Film and Film Direction classes at the Mongolian School of Film, Radio, and Television.

She has directed few short films including “Mountain Cat” (2020), selected among others at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Busan Film Festival and “Snow in September” (2022) which has won the Golden Lion for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival (Orizzonti) before winning the IMDB Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film at the Toronto Film Festival. “City of Wind” is her first feature film.

Cast & crew

Cast

  • Tergel Bold-Erdene

  • Nomin-Erdene Ariunbyamba

Producers

  • Aurora Films (Return to Seoul, Angry Annie)

  • Guru Media

  • Uma Pedra no Sapato (Miguel Gomes’ films)

  • Volya Films (A Land Imagined)

  • 27 Films Production

  • VOO by mobinet

Festivals and awards

  • VENICE 2023 BEST ACTOR AWARD - HORIZONS COMPETITION
  • TIFF - CENTREPIECE SECTION
  • BUSAN IFF
“Cinematically invigorating. Can be whiplash-inducing. A powerful central performance by Bold-Erdene. It’s hard to look away from him.”
"Modern and ancient Mongolia meet in a striking, poignant youth drama. A wise, precise, confident debut."
"Remarkably-assured and highly accomplished debut feature from Mongolia. Fresh-faced Bold-Erdene is a real find who naturalistically conveys Ze’s identity crisis."