Luna Papa

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Luna Papa
Luna Papa 1999 film.jpg
Directed byBakhtyar Khudojnazarov
Screenplay byBakhtyar Khudojnazarov
Irakli Kvirikadze
Produced byHeinz Stussak
Igor Tolstunow
Thomas Koerfer
Karl Baumgartner
Philippe Avril
StarringChulpan Khamatova
Moritz Bleibtreu
Nikolay Fomenko
Music byDaler Nazarov
Release date
  • 1999 (1999)
Running time
109 minutes

Luna Papa (Russian: Лунный папа) is a 1999 movie by Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov with collaboration from Russia, Tajikistan, Germany, Austria and France[1]

Plot summary[edit]

17-year-old Mamlakat lives with her father Safar and her disabled brother Nasreddin, in a village in Tajikistan. She is working in a small restaurant and dreams of becoming an actress. When a wandering theatre company enters the city, she misses the theatrical performance and wanders for a while. She chances upon an aircraft pilot, Yassir, who pretends to be an actor and friend of a famous American actor. He promises to help her become an actress, but instead seduces her while she is in a dream-like fantasy. He leaves the village immediately afterwards.

When she later discovers that she is pregnant, she has no idea how this happened and who the father is. Determined to preserve hers and their honour, her eccentric family sets out on a comic journey in order to find the father of Mamlakat's unborn child and to force him to marry her. During this journey - in an old car loaded with rabbits - they travel through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The family meets various bandits and the charming impostor Alik, who poses as the seducer in the dark, and falls in love with Mamlakat.


Filming location[edit]

The film was shot in Kairakum, in north-western Tajikistan.[2]


The film received the main prize "Golden Rose" at Kinotavr in 2000.[3]

At the 2000 Russian Guild of Film Critics Awards the picture was awarded the prizes for Best Film and Best Director (Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov).[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Лунный папа". Encyclopedia of Russian Cinema. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  2. ^ "PANDORA FILM Produktion - LUNA PAPA". Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  3. ^ "Призеры 1991-2005 гг". Kinotavr. Archived from the original on 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  4. ^ "2000". Russian Guild of Film Critics.

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