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City of Wind

City of Wind

City of Wind

Dir. Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir
103 min

Ze is a typical high-school student–confused, troubled and rebellious–but he is also the village shaman. When Ze helps a teenage girl during a ceremony, he falls in love, which threatens his shamanic path. The Mongolian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards.

17-year-old Ze has the usual troubles: eager to meet girls, struggling with his schoolwork, and trying to figure out his future. He feels the pull and duty of his calling as a shaman, but also the allurement of a break from tradition with a modern life. Can he have both? Living near Ulaanbaatar, Ze experiences the lure of the city with its shopping malls, sleek apartments, dance clubs and vice. Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir’s City of Wind is a gorgeous and moving film, anchored by Tergel Bold-Erdene’s powerful performance.

Film Details

Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 103 min
Country/Region: Mongolia, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Qatar, Germany
Language: Mongolian
Print Source: Best Friend Forever
Tags: Asian Frontiers, Best of Fest, Coming-of-Age, Drama, Oscar Submission, Religion, Romance, Women Directors


Director: Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir
Producer: Katia Khazak, Charlotte Vincent
Cinematographer: Vasco Viana
Screenwriter: Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir
Editor: Matthieu Taponier
Composer: Vasco Mendonça
Principal Cast: Tergel Bold-Erdene, Nomin-Erdene Ariunbyamba, Anu-Ujin Tsermaa, Bulgan Chuluunbat, Ganzorig Tsetsgee, Myagmarnaran Gombo, Tsend-Ayush Nyamsuren