Praise for fiction bow

Acclaimed for his gently observational documentaries set in Russia and his native Kazakhstan, helmer Sergey Dvortsevoy brings his eye for stark landscape cinematography and cultural detail to bear on his feature-length fiction debut, “Tulpan.” Offering international fest auds a rare view of life on the Kazakh steppe, as filtered through the journey of a young shepherd searching for a wife, the vivid drama premiered in the final days of the Cannes Film Festival and ended up scooping an Un Certain Regard prize as well as some of the fest’s warmest reviews (which compared the pic to Byambasuren Davaa’s 2003 docu “The Story of the Weeping Camel,” another evocation of a nomadic desert existence).

For all its accolades, “Tulpan” still awaits a U.S. distributor; the pic’s forthcoming screenings at the Toronto and New York film festivals will give it some traction.

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