Oscars: Kyrgyzstan Selects 'Night Accident' for Foreign-Language Category

Night Accident Still 1 - Publicity - H 2017
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The movie had its world premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and won the Grand Prix.

Kyrgyzstan has selected Tunku Kyrsyk (Night Accident), directed by Temirbek Birnazarov, as its submission for consideration in the best foreign-language film Oscar category.

The film centers on an old man who plans to kill someone who broke up his family and destroyed his life. However, on his way to do the deed, the he gets into an accident, hitting a girl on the road, and that event drastically changes his life.

"A rare cinematic export from the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, Night Accident transforms some very modest ingredients into a heart-stirring hymn to the healing power of love and simple human kindness," The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Dalton wrote in his review. "Assembled with haiku-like precision, director Temirbek Birnazarov’s bittersweet chamber drama is based on a short story called The Old Man and the Angel by Talip Ibraimov."

The pic premiered in the main competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in November 2017 and was awarded the festival's Grand Prix.

Night Accident is Kyrgyzstan's 11th foreign-language Oscar submission since the country became independent in 1991. The country has yet to receive a nomination.