Kazakhstan’s side was represented by the film studio “Kazakhfilm” named after Sh. Aimanov, Tokyo New Cinema represented Japan.
“The Horse Thieves” tells the story of a close-knit family, whose life is shocked when a gang of horse thieves kills the father of the family. Olzhas, the 12-year-old son of the murdered one, is hard on experiencing the death of his father and is trying to cope with the evil that suddenly falls upon him and his little sisters. At the moment of despair and defenselessness, one mysterious stranger begins to help the family of Olzhas.
The main roles in the film were played by owner of the Palme d Or of the Cannes Film Festival - actress Samal Yeslyamova (Kazakhstan), famous Kazakhstani actor Dulyga Akmolda and Japanese actor Mirai Moriyama. The role of the son who lost his father was played by young actor Madi Minaidarov.
It should be noted that the world premiere of the film took place last year as part of the largest film festival in Asia - the Busan International Film Festival. Nurmukhambetov’s film was the opening film of the festival and was shown on the largest screen in South Korea - at the Busan Cinema Center, which opens only at the opening and closing ceremonies of the film festival and accommodates more than five thousand people.
Starting January 18, 2020 the film is widely available in Japan. The Japanese premiere of the film took place last year at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
The Gothenburg International Film Festival has been holding for 40 years and is currently the largest film festival of the Scandinavian countries, as well as a very important annual event in the Scandinavian film industry. Every year it attracts about 160,000 guests. This year, about 450 films from 80 countries of the world will be shown.