Festivals: call for entries

Cinema Department: New contest of scripts dedicated Ormon Khan

Kyrgyz Serial: The contest of scripts (2023_3_kg)

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival currently looking for projects for Works in Progress selection

Work in Progress 2023:

At this event, producers and directors from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa will introduce new films that will premiere after the Karlovy Vary IFF.

Monday, 18 July 2022 00:00

Cannes Film Festival’s documentary "The Hill" directed by Denis Gheerbrant and Lina Tsrimova will be presented in Bishkek


Date & time: 20.07.2022 at 7 pm

Place: The Cinema House named after Chingiz Aitmatov (13 Logvinenko str.)

Language: Russian + English subtitles



Pivonka Production and the Bishkek School of Contemporary Art are honored to invite you to the unique screening of the documentary film "The Hill" presented at the Cannes Film Festival.


The screening will take place on July 20th at 19:00 in the Aitmatov House of Cinema (Logvinenko street, 13). The film will be shown in Russian with English subtitles.


The problem of waste and garbage landfill is critical for Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan in general. We want everyone to see this film. After the screening, there will be a discussion with the filmmakers and experts. 


July 21 at 15 pm with the help of Talgat Berikov there will be a master class by Denis Gheerbrant on documentary cinema (registration due to the limited number of places +996-772-181209).




A hill in Kyrgyzstan inhabited by men, women, some children. Smoke, birds, a waste dump like a Leviathan. Among them, a traumatized former soldier, a grieving mother, young people deprived of a future, living and facing their destiny.




At the very end of the value chain of capitalism, we find the absolute symbol of globalized consumption: waste. In the middle of all this waste there are workers, and these people are the last cog in the capitalist exploitative system. Their bodies are worn out, their clothes soiled by the garbage they pick up, in order to survive, in the middle of flames and toxic gas. 


It is among these people, in a huge waste disposal site situated in Kyrgyzstan, a country at the periphery of globalized economy, that the two filmmakers decided to travel to and testify of what they saw, just like Dante once did when he went to the last circle of Hell to be among the damned.


Their cinema is generous, it is an act of sharing. It is attentive to the bodies, the gestures, the faces. It takes the time needed to watch and listen. The camera captures and reveals the tragic beauty of these men and women. 


It is a cinema of respect. Its plastic force, the sober power of its shots, its sleek rhythm : everything is at the service of the encounter with the other and of fraternity. It is a political cinema which, without using any rhetorical or dominating discourse, shows us the unacceptable. And it does so by asserting that human life is the most important value of all.