The Old Man / Shal

The Old Man / Shal

Director: Ermek Tursunov / Kazakhstan / 2012 / 102 min 

5_the-oldman_1Synopsis: The film is a reminder of lasting biblical values, adapted from Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea”. Nowadays people care less to wave goodbyes with the aftermost moral statutes. The old shepherd who lives with his daughter in-law and grandson far away from city and civilization has simple, ordinary and unremarkable life in a distant steppe. They have only very limited communication. They need to be able to forgive and save all wisdom. Great steppe morality is to do good things and not to wait any thanks. It is important that they should live properly and should give the old man enough time to pass over to his grandson the understanding of the basic life values. Once, taking the sheep to the pasture, the old man lost his way in the steppes.


  • Moscow Int’l FF, Beijing Int’l FF
  • Kinoshock Int’l FF (Open Film Festival of CIS countries, Latvia , Lithuania , Estonia) – Gran-prix, “Best Male Actor” prize
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF (Official Competition EurAsia)
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) – Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor, Nomination for Achievement in Cinematography, National Prize of Kazakhstan “Kulager” as the best film of the year.

5_the-oldman_2Direction Ermek Tursunov
Production Alexander Vovnianko
Sound Sergey Lobanov
Camera Murat Aliyev
Editor Dmitry Slobtsov
Cast Yerbolat Toguzakov, Orynbek Moldakhan, Isbek Abilmazhinov

Director Biography: ErmekTursunov 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.