Directed by Ermek Tursunov
“Kelin, which translates to ‘daughter-in-law’, tells the story of a young woman living in the 2nd century A.D. in Kazakhstan, a setting in which traditional notions of womanhood and family life at the time are explored. Directed entirely without dialogue and with very little music, the film revolves around the young and beautiful Kelin, who is given away in an arranged marriage despite being in love with another man. While her married life turns out to be more blissful than she anticipated, as demonstrated by uncensored erotic scenes, Kelin’s life changes course once again when her first lover returns to claim her. The film focuses not only on the love story but also on the relationship between Kelin and her mother-in-law, with elements of mysticism thrown in for good measure.” – Anete Jekabsone
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