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This first feature by the celebrated documentary film-maker, Sergey Dvortsevoy, won the Prize for Best Film in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes 2008, and has gone on to win accolades around the world. After completing his naval service, young Asa travels back to the Kazakh steppe where his sister and her shepherd husband live a nomadic life. To start his new life, Asa must get married first before he can become a shepherd himself. Asa’s only hope for marriage on the deserted steppe is Tulpan, the daughter of another shepherd family. Asa is disappointed to learn that Tulpan doesn’t like him because she thinks that his ears are too big. But Asa doesn’t give up and he continues to dream of a life that may not be possible on the steppe ...