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Mountain Onion

13th Parish Festival
  • 24 May 4.15pm
90 mins
Jersey Arts Centre

Director: Eldar Shibanov / Kazakhstan / 2022 / 90 mins

This debut feature follows young Jabai selling mountain onions alongside the highway as he tries to save his parents’ marriage in a madcap dash to China. Having caught his idol trucker in a romantic tryst with his mother, Jabai and his sister Saniya embark on a journey from their small village in Kazakhstan to China to obtain the only thing that will save their parents’ marriage – ‘The Golden Viagra’. Shot in stunning widescreen to showcase the rolling green hills and wide blue skies of rural Kazakhstan – a place populated with characters as quirky and vibrant as their mismatched wardrobes.

Mountain Onion takes on a surreal, Wes Anderson-esque quality that at time borders on the absurd, this is a world in which hope never dies, love conquers all and happy endings are pretty much guaranteed.” – Screen Daily

“Boasting great performances from all involved, Mountain Onion is a true treat that signifies Shibanov and family as a team to watch in world cinema.” – Film Inquiry

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(£4 seniors and students)