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Harvest Moon

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World Premiere

Tulgaa returns to his native village to care for his dying stepfather, honouring his remaining commitments by offering to lend a hand with the summer harvest. But upon witnessing Tulgaa’s clumsy first attempts, Tuntuulei, a sassy 10-year-old boy, takes it upon himself to school the city slicker on the grassland ways. Despite getting off on the wrong foot, the two soon find common ground and form a delicate bond that will transform their lives.
At once dense and light on its feet, this understated drama wields a notable humorous touch, rooted largely in the warm cultural temperament and hearty performances by the two leads, whose effortless chemistry is both spunky and disarmingly raw. Actor-director Amarsaikhan Baljinnyam makes a seamless transition behind the camera, expertly tapping into mainstream conventions while never losing sight of the intimately familiar cultural lens. Baljinnyam intuitively harnesses the power of the Mongolian landscapes to amplify the emotional footprint and underscore the looming realities of a nomadic culture on the brink of change.

 

Presented by

Director
Cast

Amarsaikhan Baljinnyam, Tenuun-Erdene Garamkhand

Credits
Country of Origin

Mongolia

Year

2022

Language

In Mongolian with English subtitles

Film Contact
Content Warning

Coarse language; violence

PG

Open to youth!

90 min
Comedy Drama

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Credits

Executive Producer

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Producer

Uran Sainbileg

Screenwriter

Amarsaikhan Baljinnyam

Cinematography

Josua Fischer

Editor

Bayarsaikhan Batsukh

Production Design

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Original Music

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Director

Amarsaikhan Baljinnyam headshot, Harvest Moon director

Amarsaikhan Baljinnyam

Amarsaikhan Baljinnyam worked previously as an actor and producer on Thief of the Mind (2011) and Trapped Abroad (2014), both directed by Janchivdorj Sengedorjs. He appeared in the Netflix original series Marco Polo as Ariq Böke (Khubilai Khan’s brother). More recently, he worked as a screenwriter and actor on Under the Turquoise Sky (2021), about a Japanese man who goes on a journey of self-discovery in Mongolia.