TELLURIDE – Oscar nominated (Best Foreign Language Film) Mongol is a stunning historical epic based on the life and legend of Genghis Khan. Filmed in remote locations in China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan (the lands of the Mongolian empire and the birthplace of Genghis Khan), the film transports viewers to an exotic time in world history – to a nomad’s landscape of dangerous extremes and endless space.
The Telluride Film Festival presents Mongol Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Nugget Theatre.
Directed by award-winning Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov, the movie is based on leading scholarly accounts of Genghis Khan’s life. Mongol explores the ruler’s early years, from his birth in 1162, to his dangerous childhood, to the battle that determines his destiny as future conqueror. Genghis Khan is portrayed as a visionary leader and the film reveals an extraordinary man. It gives an intimate look at the foundation on which so much of his excellence rested – his relationship with Borte, his trusted advisor, wife and lifelong love.
Of the movie, Walter Addiego of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “[Mongol] offers everything you would want from an imposing historical drama: furious battles between mass armies, unquenchable love between husband and wife, blood brothers who become deadly enemies, and many episodes of betrayal and treachery among the warring tribes of the Central Asian steppes … the film is so impressive that we can't leave the theater without wanting more. And with luck, we'll get it – Mongol is projected as the first film in a trilogy about Genghis Khan.”
The film runs 126 minutes and is rated R. Tickets to Thursday’s 8:30 p.m. screening are $8; no Nugget Passes, please.