Best Friend Forever Acquires Mongolian Teenage Shaman Drama ‘City of Wind’

Brussels-based firm Best Friend Forever has acquired the worldwide rights of Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir’s debut function “City of Wind.” The movie is in post-production and shall be prepared for a world premiere in fall 2023.

Purev-Ochir is understood for a number of high-profile brief movies, together with “Mountain Cat,” which was in Cannes Competition in 2020, and received finest brief in Busan in 2020, and “Snow in September,” which was awarded the Golden Lion for finest brief in Venice, and finest brief in Toronto final 12 months.

Ze is a timid 17-year-old shaman. He research onerous at college to reach the chilly, callous society of recent Mongolia, whereas communing together with his ancestral spirit to assist these in his neighborhood. But when Ze encounters Maralaa, his senses are woke up and one other actuality appears attainable.

The movie stars younger Mongolian actors equivalent to Tergel Bold-Erdene and Nomin-Erdene Ariunbyamba along with veterans Bulgan Chuluunbat, Ganzorig Tsetsgee and Tsend-Ayush Nyamsuren. The crew contains top-notch technicians equivalent to DOP Vasco Carvalho Viana (“The Nothing Factory”) and editor Matthieu Taponier (“Son of Saul,” “Beginning”).

Martin Gondre and Charles Bin, Best Friend Forever’s co-founders, stated: “ ‘City of Wind’ tells a timeless story in an urban landscape never seen on screen before. In a modern and organic way, she captures what it is to become a shaman. It is a delicate and poetic journey, that is eye-opening on what it means to choose spirituality in 2023.”

Produced by Katia Khazak and Charlotte Vincent at Aurora Films (“Return to Seoul,” “Angry Annie”) and co-produced by Ariunaa Tserenpil and her firm Guru Media in Mongolia, “City of Wind” can be coproduced by Uma Pedro No Sapato in Portugal, Volya Films in Netherlands, 27 Films Production in Germany and the Mongolian platform VOO by Mobinet. Arizona Distribution will launch the movie in France.

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