Dutch co-production at Locarno
Dutch co-production THE LIGHT THIEF selected for Locarno 2010
SVET-AKE or THE LIGHT THIEF is co-production between Kyrgyzstan, Germany, France and the Netherlands. The film is directed by Aktan Arym Kubat and produced by the Ov Art Film Producing Company in co-production with Volya Films from the Netherlands. Sales is handled by The Match Factory. The festival in Locarno takes place from August 4 - 14, 2010.
THE LIGHT THIEF tells the story of Svet-Ake (Mr. Light), an electrician with a far greater effect on the people around him than his job defines. He is the last link in a huge energetic system and he becomes the binding bridge between the geopolitical problems of post-soviet union and the common people. Svet-Ake not only brings electric light (which is often out), but he also spreads the light of love, loyalty, life and mainly laughter.
In 1993 Aktan Arym Kubat won an award in Locarno’s Pardi di domain and a FIPRESCI Jury mention in Turin for his mid-length film SWING, recounting an eleven year old boy’s discovery of the adult world. In 2001,his second feature film, THE CHIMP, was selected for the section Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Previously, THE LIGHT THIEF was selected for the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes 2010.
Locarno Film Festival
The Match Factory