Running To The Sky


An exceptional runner, 12-year-old Kyrgyz boy Jekshen finds freedom from limitations by running competitions and relief from family burdens by winning prizes.


Twelve-year-old Jekshen, an exceptional runner, lives in a beautiful mountain village in Kyrgyzstan. His parents are divorced, and life with his alcoholic father is difficult. Lonely Jekshen only has his girlfriend from school and his father’s friends for support. They encourage him to take part in a big race—a race that could change his life for the better.


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Director: Mirlan Abdykalykov
Genre: Drama
Original title: Jo Kuluk
English title: RUNNING TO THE SKY
Country of production: Kyrgyzstan
Year of production: 2019
Length: 88 min
Color: Colour
Shooting format: 4K-6K
Screening format: DCP 2K DCI Flat (1998x1080) (1:1,85; 5.1, un-encrypted)
Original language: Kyrgyz, Russian

Subtitles: English
Cast: Temirlan Asankadyrov, Ruslan Orozakunov, Meerim Atantaeva, Ilimbek Kalmuratov
Scriptwriter: Ernest Abdyjaparov, Mirlan Abdykalykov
Director of photography: Talant Akynbekov
Editor: Evgeniy Krokhmalenko
Sound design: Mars Tugelov
Sound mixing: Mars Tugelov
Music: Murzali Jeenbaev
Producers: Altynai Koichumanova
Production company: Oy Art
Supported by: Department of Cinema under the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism (Kyrgyzstan), Bilimkana Foundation (Kyrgyzstan)

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Festivals / Awards

Busan IFF, South Korea, New Currents Competition - Fipresci Award
Schlingel IFF, Germany 
Cinekid, The Netherlands
Minsk IFF Listapad, Belarus
Rabat IFF, Morocco - Jury's Special Mention, Best Actor Award
Kolkata IFF, India
Ale Kino!, Poland - SPECIAL MENTION of the International Jury for Feature Film for Children
Hainan IFF, China
Glasglow FF, UK
Bengaluru IFF, India
WOW Wales One World FF, UK
BIKY Busan International Kids&Youth FF, South Korea
International Debut Film Festival Spirit of Fire, Russia
Children FF Kikife, Germany
Love &Anarchy Helsinki IFF, Finland
Two River Sides IFF, Poland
BUFF Malmö FF, Sweden
Sao Paolo IFF, Brazil
Chennai IFF, India
WOW Wales One World Film Festival, UK
Film Ohne Grenzen FF, Germany
Asian FF, Spain



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