Oscar-nominated Swiss short film

Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim, played by Alina Turdumamatova, desperately searches for a way out. Filmgerberei

Ala Kachuu (Take and Run), written and directed by German-Swiss filmmaker Maria Brendle, was nominated for an Oscar in the Short Film (Live Action) category.

This content was published on February 9, 2022 – 09:58


The 38-minute drama tells the story of 19-year-old Sezim from Kyrgyzstan who wants to fulfill his dream of going to college. However, she is abducted and married to a stranger. She is faced with a choice: either she refuses marriage and accepts the stigma and social exclusion, or she pursues her dream.

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Although the custom is illegal in Kyrgyzstan, it is still prevalent in other parts of the world under the guise of tradition, Brendle said on the film‘s website.External link. Only a few girls manage to escape the marriage after the kidnapping, called “Ala Kachuu”.

“Many accept their fate, for fear of being rejected and ostracized,” she said.

With the film, which stars Alina Turdumamatova as Sezim, Brendle said she wants to “help raise awareness about women’s rights in society and give a voice to those who are rarely heard.”

Brendle, 38, was born in Germany and studied at the University of the Arts in Zurich. She lives and works in Zurich.

It has been more than 30 years since a Swiss actor or director won an Oscar. Director Xavier Koller is the most recent honoree, winning the award for his immigrant drama journey of hopenamed best foreign language film in 1991.

Ala Kachuu is one of five films to make the shortlistExternal link, announced on Tuesday. The 94th Academy Awards are due to take place in Hollywood on March 27.

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