Daughter-in-law / Kelin

Daughter-in-law / Kelin

Director: Ermek Tursunov / Kazakhstan / 2009 /  82 mins 

1_kelin_2Synopsis: Kelin is a love triangle told without words. Sold by her father to the richer of her suitors, Kelin is sent to live in the yurt of her husband, with his mother and young brother, and discovers the pleasures and challenges of married life. Set in the forbidding Altai Mountains of Kazakhstan, in a pre-historic society that does not use language. The man, whom Kelin loves and who has sworn a blood oath to have her, comes looking for her, with fatal results. The film is a masterfully orchestrated story of sensuality and survival with subtle acting, poignant gesture, stunning visuals, and an unusual palette of sounds.


  • Monaco Int’l FF – Grand Prix
  • Toronto Int’l FF – Opening Film
  • Taormina Int’l FF – Opening Film
  • Yalta Int’l FF – Grand Prix and Best Director prize



Screenplay Aktan Arym Kubat, Yermek Tursunov
Cinematography Murat Aliyev Music Edi lKusainov
Cast Gulsharat Zhubayeva, Turakhan Sadykov, Yerzhan Nurymbet
Director Biography: Ermek Tursunov was born in Almaty region of Kazakh in 1961. He got graduated from the Journalism department at Al-Farabi University and the Writer department at VGIK. The premiere of his debut directorial work Kelin (2009) took place at the IFF in Toronto. The same year the movie was included into the Oscar short-list nominees for the Best Foreign-language Film. The old man received the Kazakh national award “Kulager” for the best movie of the year.