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Original title: Balaban
German title: Balaban
100 min
Youth Film
Kazakhstan, UK, Russia, USA, Belarus (Weißrussland)
from 15 years
2022 | Chemnitz Festival Premiere
Direction: Aysulu Onaran


2022 | Youth Film

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Shanna grows up in a sheltered home. She goes to a good school, has sporting successes, but no one really understands what is going on inside her. She is HIV positive after a contaminated blood transfusion and cannot talk to anyone about it. Only when she meets Ardak in a self-help group for those affected does she finally feel understood. Ardak, however, becomes more than just a good friend. The two fall in love and make a plan – they want to run away and start a new life in Paris. But they donʼt have the money to do so. They therefore decide to sell a rare falcon that belongs to Ardak’s cousin and get involved with shady characters, since just owning the falcon is illegal. However, their plan becomes their undoing when Ardak releases the bird to give it a better life than the one she has herself. Chained by the disease, she can only wait hopelessly for the end to come.

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