Most of us grow up just when it is too late. Beshkempir, then, is one of us. And then maybe he isn't - thsi movie received all its awards for showing that it's never too late to grow up.
The Hyderabad Film Club, in collaboration with the Federation Of Film Societies Of India, Mumbai, is organising a 3-day Festival Of Films From Central Asia, from 11th to 13th May, at Sarathi Studios in Ameerpet.
Today, the final day, The Adopted Son (Beshkempir), a Kyrgyzstan film, will be the second and final film to be screened. The movie, directed by Aktan Abdykalykov, starts with an adoption ceremony presided over by 5 old women (Beshkempir literally means five grandmothers), in a village in Kyrgyzstan. The film then flashes forward a decade or so to show the coming of age of the adopted child - Beshkempir.
He is shown indulging, in a rural setting, in childhood pranks and activities with friends, like stealing honey from beehives and going to watch screened Hindi movies. However, approaching adolescence leads the boys to spy on a village woman’s breasts, make clay models of the female form and pretend to make love and eye girls.
Beshkempir is even shown as the message carrier between an older boy and his girlfriend. Rivalry over a girl Aynura leads to Beshkempir’s friend divulging the fact of his adoption to Beshkempir by calling him a foundling. Even though his grandmother denies the story, Beshkempir is upset, and this leads to numerous scuffles with his friend.
Hostility is also shown between Beshkempir’s foster mother and his friend’s mother on numerous occasions, culminating in the friend’s mother coming to Beshkempir’s house to complain about Beshkempir beating up his son. Beshkempir’s foster father beats Beshkempir over the incident, causing him to run away and join a fisherman.
Meanwhile, Beshkempir’s grandmother dies, and asks as a last wish that Beshkempir be told the truth in her will. Beshkempir is located and brought home, and is reconciled with his foster family and friends. The funeral ceremony shows Beshkempir suddenly growing up by giving the customary speech at the funeral where he pledges to repay his grandmother’s debts if any, and to forgo any outstanding debts to his grandmother. The film ends with Beshkempir courting Aynura and a brief shot of an engagement ceremony.
The movie won several awards in international film festivals, including The Silver Leopard Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, in 1998; The Jury Award For Artistic Contribution at the Buenos Aires International Festival Of Independent Films in Argentina, in 1999; and The Silver Film Can Award and the FIPRESSI Award at the Singapore International Film Festival, in 1999.
For further details, please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243.