Brother

Bachtiyar Hudoynazarov, Tadjikistan, 1991; 100m
Bachtiyar Hudoynazarov's lyrical road movie follows two brothers - 17-year-old Farrukh and 7-year-old Azamat - on a journey by cargo train in search of their father. When they finally reach him, he doesn't even recognize them. The film is about as inventive and exhilarating as the genre gets, managing a touching character study as well as a sensitively drawn portrait-in-motion of makeshift life in modern Tadjikistan. The country seems to be on the edge of falling apart as the brothers draw closer together. A uniquely touching film, made by a young director with a feel for the wonders in everyday life.