Director Aktan Arym Kubat

Production year 2017

Length 89min.

Country Kyrgyzstan/France/Germany/the Netherlands/Japan


Centaur is a quiet, small and modest man, a loving father of a little boy that has never spoken a word and the husband of young, deaf-mute Maripa. Together they lead a simple life in a small village of Kyrgyzstan. Centaur is above all a respected man among his neighbours, a man beyond any suspicion, but he has a belief deeply rooted inside him. He still believes that Kyrgyz people once united and invincible thanks to their horses, have been punished by Heavens for misusing that power to achieve their mercenary goals. Beyond any suspicion, Centaur becomes a horse thief, as he thinks only a genuine racer riding at night and praying for forgiveness can write off the curse. But his well-hidden secret cannot be kept for long. When the truth shines, he will need to decide the destiny of his family, co-villagers and his own.


Aktan Arym Kubat
Aktan Arym Kubat



Altynai Koichumanova, Gulmira Kerimova, Čedomir Kolar, Marc Baschet, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Denis Vaslin, Danis Tanović, Yuji Sadai, Fleur Knopperts


Aktan Arym Kubat, Ernest Abdyjaparov

Director of Photography

Khassan Kydyraliev

Production designer

Adis Seitaliev

Music by

Andre Matthias


Gerben Kokmeijer, Manuel Laval


Petar Marković


Aktan Arym Kubat, Zarema Asanalieva, Nuraly Tursunkojoev, Bolot Tentimyshov, Ilim Kalmuratov, Taalaikan Abazova, Maksat Mamyrkanov

Production company(ies)

Oy Art Kyrgyzfilm A.S.A.P. Films Pallas Film Volya Films Bitters End

Aktan Arym Kubat

Director, scriptwriter, producer and actor. Academician of the National Film Academy of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. He is a full member of European Film Academy, People's Artist of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. Winner of the Silver Leopard in Locarno IFF, the Bronze Lion of the Creativity IFF in Cannes (France) and the FIPRESCI Prize. Aktan Arym Kubat took part in Un Certain Regard, Lа Quinzaine des Realisateurs of the Cannes IFF and the Panorama section of the Berlin IFF, among others.


Where Is Your House, Snail? (1992), The Swing (1993), The Adopted Son (1998), The Chimp (2001), The Light Thief (2010), Mothers Heaven (2011), Centaur (2017).

FILMS 2018