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by Aktan Arym Kubat


A desolate, restless small town lost in the industrial wastelands of Kirghizstan. Plagued by boredom, confusion and sex ' all the usual agonies of adolescence ' 17 year-old 'Chimp' (so called becasue of his ears) and his friends are killing time by fighting, partying and working in the railyard before undergoing their military service. 'Chimp' has more than his share of problems: His pretty and capricious girlfriend causes him nothing but heartache, his father is a self-loathing chronic alcoholic, and his long-suffering mother has had enough. She leaves, taking 'Chimp's' kid sister with her.

international title: The Chimp
original title: Maimil
country: France, Kyrgyzstan, Japan
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Aktan Arym Kubat
film run: 98'
release date: FR 23/01/2002, NL 25/07/2002
screenplay: Aktan Arym Kubat
cast: Mirlan Abdykalykov, Alexandra Mitrokhina, Yuri Sokolov, Salynbek Sarymsakov
cinematography by: Khasan Kydyraliyev
film editing: Tilek Mambetova, Natalia Vavilkina
art director: Dzylykcy Dzakypov, Erkin Saliyev
music: Alexand Turtaev, Aleksandr Yurtayev
producer: Cédomir Kolar, Yuji Sadai, Marc Baschet, Frédérique Dumas-Zajdela, Goulmira Kemirova
production: Noé Productions
distributor: Haut et Court
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