VARIETY: This year’s foreign-language film Oscar. Yermek Tursunov’s “Stranger” will represent Kazakhstan

“Stranger”, which receives its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, marks the third time Tursunov has represented Kazakhstan in the foreign-language Oscar race following 2009’s “Kelin” and 2012’s “Old Man”. “Stranger” is the director’s sixth feature.

The film continues Tursunov’s exploration of Kazakh nomads, telling the story of Ilyas, a young man who survived the famine of the ‘30s, Stalinist deportation and WWII by retreating in a cave to live off the land, but finds himself battling society in a bid to retain his freedom. “Stranger” was produced by Kanat Torebay for Tursunov Film.

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