EN - Basaar was a dog. Now he is dead. He was shot in the backstreets of Ulan Bator. Basaar loved and trusted man. Now that trust is gone. In Mongolia, people know that when a dog dies he will be reborn as a man. But Basaar is reluctant to return as a man. In order to accept his fate, Basaar sets out on a journey through his memory. He remembers his life as a sheep dog in the Mongolian countryside. He remembers the pain and sorrow when he was abandoned by his master. And he remembers the struggle to survive as a stray in the city. When Basaar is coming to terms with his destiny the mythical dragon Rah is about to swallow the sun to create total chaos and destruction. Now, Basaar's rebirth depends on man's power to scare away Rah... State of Dogs tells the story of a Mongolian dog who didn't want to be a man.

FR - Basaar était un chien. Aujourd’hui, il est mort. On lui a tiré dessus dans les ruelles d’ Ulan Bator. Basaar aimait et faisait confiance aux hommes. Aujourd’hui cette confiance est anéantie. En Mongolie, on sait que lorsqu’un chien meurt, il se réincarne en homme. Mais Basaar est réticent à l’idée de redevenir un homme. Afin d’accepter son destin, Basaar entame un voyage à travers sa mémoire. Il se souvient de sa vie en tant que chien de berger dans la campagne mongole. Il se souvient de sa peine et sa douleur lorsqu’il fut abandonné par son maître. Et il se souvient du combat pour survivre en tant que chien errant dans la ville. Alors que Basaar arrive au terme de sa destinée, Rah, le dragon mythique est sur le point d’avaler le soleil pour créer un chaos et une destruction générale. Désormais, la réincarnation de Basaar dépend du pouvoir de l’homme d’effrayer Rah… State of Dogs raconte l’histoire d’un chien mongol qui ne voulait pas être un homme.

Info

Title State of Dogs
Original title State of Dogs
Original language Mongolian, English
Status Completed
Category Features
Year 1998

Credits

Cast Nyam Dagyrantz, Jamayansuren Oyuntsingel, Bataar Galsansukh
Photography Heikki Färm, Sakhya Byamba
Editing Octavio Iturbe
Music Charo Calvo, A. Schnittke, S. Gubaidulina, A. Sallinen a.o.

Technical specs

Running time film 87‘ | 55’
Release format 35 mm
Sound format Dolby Stereo
Colour Colour

Partners

Supported by MEDIA-Programme, 16:9 Action Plan of the EU and EURIMAGES

Awards

1999: Best Script Award - MediaWave International Festival for Visual Arts (HU)

1998: Grand Prix - Vision du Réel-Festival International du Cinéma Documentaire de Nyon (CH); European Lianas for Best Documentary - New European Talent of the European Film & TV Market Barcelona (ES); Centaur for Best Feature Documentary - Message to Man International Film Festival (RU); Best Feature Film - International Environmental Film Festival of Gava (ES); Campanula de Oro, Grande Prémio de Ambiente - Cine ‘Eco-Seia international Film & Video Festival (PT); Critics Award - Sao Paulo International Film Festival (BR); Grand Prix - Maremma International Documentary Film Festival of Firenze (IT); Mention Spéciale du Jury - Semaine du Documentaire de Création Européen de Strasbourg (FR)

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