Oscars: Kyrgyzstan Selects 'A Father's Will' for Foreign-Language Category

A Father's Will - Still 1 -  H 2016
Courtesy of Kyrgyzfilm and Elfilm Studio

The movie won the best first feature award at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Kyrgyzstan has selected Atanym Kereezi (A Father’s Will) by first-time feature directors Bakyt Mukul and Dastan Zhapar Uulu as the country's submission in the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.

Produced by Kyrgyzfilm and Elfilm, A Father’s Will is centered on Azat, a man who returns to Kyrgyzstan after living in the United States for 15 years to implement his recently deceased father's will.

Visiting his home village and repaying his father's debts, Azat rediscovers his homeland.

Earlier this month, the movie won Golden Zenith for the Best First Fiction Feature film at the Montreal World Film Festival.

A Father’s Will has also been selected for next month's Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles.

A film from Kyrgyzstan, a Central Asian former Soviet republic, has never been shortlisted or won an Oscar in the best foreign-language film category.