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The Light Thief

They call him “Svet-ake” (“Mr. Light”). The electrician is responsible for bringing more than just light to the people around him. Like moths, everybody is drawn to his kindness: those with short circuits in their electricity, and those with short circuits in their marriage, those who have taken all the power in the city, and those who have given up the will to live. He helps everyone and is everywhere. He doesn’t even shy from breaking the law, rewinding an old and lonely pensioner’s electricity meter so that he doesn’t owe the State, but rather the State owes him.

The economic devastation of the country has had an enormous impact on the working people and yet despite the upheaval they have not lost the ability to love, to suffer, to share their lives with friends, and enjoy what they have… in particular our resilient electrician who possesses a wonderful and open heart. He not only brings electric light (which is often out) to the lives of the inhabitants of this village, but he also spreads the light of love, loyalty, life, and most of all, lots of laughter. He only has two dreams: to someday have a son and to provide people with cheaper energy through wind power. The country is in the midst of a revolution. Power lies in the hands of greed-driven people, obsessed with their personal enrichment. “Svet-ake” is a resistance against this dark madness. He who brings the light, takes it away, leaving the darkness in the dark. Only the light of the dream remains glowing in the night; a candle of a very delicate hope.

Director:  Aktan Arym Kubat

Writer:  Aktan Arym Kubat

(Co-)producers:  Oy Art, A.S.A.P. Films, Pallas Films, Volya Films, ZDF/Arte | VISS

Release Date: 2010

Partners: MDM Film Commission, World Cinema Fund, Fond-SUD, Hubert Bals Scrip Development Fund, Hubert Bals Plus, ZDF-ARTE

Length: 80 minutes

Genre: Fiction

Director of photography: Hassan Niyazaliev

Editors: Petar Markovic

Sound designers: Bakyt Niyazaliev

Composers: Andre Matthias

Festivals: Cannes Film Festival 2010 | Quinzaine/Director’s Fortnight | Toronto International Film Festival 2010 | Festival del Film Locarno 2010 | Haifa International Film Festival 2010 | Pusan International Film Festival 2010 | London International Film Festival 2010 | Doha Tribeca International Film Festival 2010 | Cottbus International Film Festival 2010 | Ale Kino! Film Festival 2010 | PöFF Tallinn Black Noghts Film | Festival 2010 | Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2010 | Kerala Film Festival 2010

Awards: Best Film and the FIPRESCI Prize, Eurasia International Film Festival 2010. 

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