The Light Thief

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The Light Thief (Svet-Ake)
US film poster
Directed by Aktan Arym Kubat
Produced by Altynai Koichumanova
Cedomir Kolar
Thanassis Karathanos
Karl Baumgartner
Denis Vaslin
Written by Aktan Arym Kubat
Starring Aktan Arym Kubat
Taalaikan Abazova
Askat Sulaimanov
Cinematography Hassan Kydyraliyev
Release date
  • May 15, 2010 (2010-05-15) (Cannes)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Kyrgyzstan
Language Kyrgyz

The Light Thief (Kyrgyz: Свет-аке, Svet-Ake) is a 2010 drama film from Kyrgyzstan, directed by Aktan Arym Kubat. The film was Kyrgyzstan's submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 83rd Academy Awards,[1] but did not make the final shortlist.[2]


  • Aktan Arym Kubat as Svet-Ake
  • Taalaikan Abazova as Bermet
  • Askat Sulaimanov as Bekzat
  • Asan Amanov as Esen
  • Stanbek Toichubaev as Mansur


“The Light Thief might be a simple story, but it's ultimately a complex film” –Montreal Gazette

“European funds contributing to the production and with a burning subject such as energy control high on the world’s priority list, this is a surefire festival item, with definite chances for niche art house distribution.” –Screen Daily



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