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Remote Control

Remote Control is a film about human choice, about our hope and fear of future, about our destiny and about reality and imagination.

Remote Control is a film about human choice, about our hope and fear of future, about our destiny and about reality and imagination. Both leading characters of the film live in their illusionary world, dreaming to “fly away” from the reality. But both of them want to take the control over their own life to cope with their reality. The film follows and observes them when they face to the moment of making an important choice for them.

Synopsis

Tsog and his little brother Tulga are growing up in a loveless home with a bitter stepmother and a drunken father. To support his family, Tsog resells the neighbor’s milk in the city. His only survival is to retreat inside his imaginary world. And he constantly draws pictures of his favorite hero – a young monk. After a senseless fight between parents Tsog runs away from home and settles on the rooftop of a city apartment building. He soon becomes obsessed with a young woman Anu, living in a top floor apartment of the opposite building. Tsog feels familiarity between their souls and starts to imagine different ways to intertwine their fates. But in the reality, she suffers acrophobia – the fear of heights. The boy steals a remote control and starts to control Anu’s TV from the rooftop. Once having this little taste of power he wants more - to rule other’s feeling. But Tsog’s attempt to rule Anu’s feeling collapses as a man appears in her apartment. Despair and misery forces Tsog to make revenge; he decides to organize a robbery in Anu’s apartment. But growing up from his dream and fantasy world Tsog decides to face the reality at the end. He saves Anu’s flat from robbery using the remote control for the last time.

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Details

Director: Byamba Sakhya
Genre: Drama
Original Title: Alsin udirdlaga (Алсын Удирдлага)
English Title: Remote Control
Country of Production: Mongolia, Germany, USA
Year of Production: 2013
Length: 90 min
Colour: colour
Shooting Format: HD
Screening Format: DCP, BluRay (1:2.35 Cinemascope, Dolby Digital, 1080, 24fps, not encrypted)
Original Language: Mongolian
Subtitles: English

Cast: Baasandorj Enkhtaivan (Tsog), Bayarmaa Nergui (Anu), Ganbaatar Chagnaadorj (Jaaga)
Directed by: Byamba Sakhya
Written by: Byamba Sakhya
Director of Photography: Charles Libin
Edited by: Byamba Sakhya & Naomi Spirio
Sound: Abigail Savage
Music: Sansar Sangidorj
Produced by: Ariunaa Tserenpil
Co-Produced by: Heino Deckert
Production Company: Guru Media
Co-production Company: Ma.ja.de. Fiction
Supported by: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia; Development Fund of Culture & Arts of Mongolia;

Festivals / Awards

Busan IFF 2013, South Korea - New Currents Award, ex aequo with PASCHA
Seoul Independent FF, South Korea
Rotterdam IFF 2014, Netherlands - Nominated for the Hubert Bals Fund Lions Film Award
Göteborg IFF 2014, Sweden
Vilnius IFF 2014, Lithuania
Washington DC FF 2014, USA
Mooov FF 2014, Belgium - Competition
Seattle IFF 2014, USA - New Directors Competitions
Terracotta Far East FF London 2014, UK
Zlín FF for Children & Youth 2014, Czech Republic - Competition
Shanghai IFF 2014, China
Munich FF 2014, Germany
Melbourne IFF 2014, Australia
Anonimul IFF 2014, Romania - Award for Best Feature Film
Mongolian Week Dortmund, Germany
Asiatica FF Rome 2014, Italy - Competition
Warsaw IFF 2014, Poland
Dharmshala FF, India
Inverness FF 2014, UK
Camerimage FF 2014, Poland

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