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Remote Control

Alsin udirdlaga

Mongolia | 2013 | 90 minutes | Byamba Sakhya

Tsogoo, a rural teenage runaway armed with binoculars and a TV remote control sets up camp atop one of Ulan Bator, Mongolia’s many high-rises to get a bird’s eye view of city life and soon becomes infatuated with the female resident of a top-floor apartment.

May 22, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 24, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Tsogoo (AKA Birdie) is a dreamer, but his Mongolian reality is far from his dreams. His poor and broken family comes from a small village near the Mongolian capitol of Ulan Bator. Tsogoo’s hero is a young monk who, legend has it, was persecuted because he could fly. Birdie recreates his hero’s adventures in a handmade cartoon flipbook. Birdie’s job is to deliver milk in the city. When there, Birdie’s eyes are opened to another world, and he decides to leave his village and camp out on a rooftop in the city. There Birdie spies on a woman, Anya, in her skyscraper apartment and falls in love. When Birdie uses a remote control on the woman’s television, what begins as an innocent game turns gradually into an obsession. Full of surprising visions and unexpected camera angles, and a haunting music score by classical Mongolian composer Sansar Sangidorj, Remote Control is at once a unique rite of passage film and a vision of Mongolia’s cinematic future.

Director Biography

Byamba Sakhya graduated in 1996 as a cinematographer from the Russian Film Institute VGIK in Moscow. He was involved in several international film productions, such as State of Dogs (as DoP, 1998, dir: Peter Brosens and Dorjkhandyn Turmunkh), Khadak (as line producer, 2006, dir: Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth), and A Normal Life. Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler (as DoP, 2009, dir: Jill Coulon).

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Director: Byamba Sakhya
Principal Cast: Baasandorj Enkhtaivan, Bayarmaa Nergui, Ganbaatar Chagnaadorj
Country: Mongolia, Germany, USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Ariunaa Tserenpil
Screenplay: Byamba Sakhya
Cinematographers: Charles Libin
Editors: Byamba Sakhya, Naomi Spirio
Music: Sansar Sangidorj
Awards: Busan Film Festival 2013 (New Currents Award)
Filmography: Passion (2010)
Language: Mongolian
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Deckert Distribution
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