Set in the mountains outside Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, the allegorical tale of humans, animals and nature centers on a horse thief who goes by the nickname Centaur.
The film premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlin film festival this past February and won the CICAE Award.
Centaur was co-produced by Kyrgyzstan’s Oy Art, France’s ASAP Films, Germany’s Pallas Film and the Netherlands’ Volya Films. The Match Factory handles international sales.
The director’s previous films include Svet-ake (The Light Thief), which took part in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes festival in 2010, and Beshkempir (The Adopted Son), which won a Silver Leopard at Locarno in 1998.
Centaur is Kyrgyzstan’s 10th foreign-language Oscar submission since the country became independent in 1991. None of the previous submissions has been nominated for the Academy Awards.