Fortitude

  • Feature
  • 2018
  • 78 Minutes
  • Uzbekistan
  • Language: Uzbek

1989. The former Captain of the Soviet Army Saidulla lives alone in a small house. His son lives in the same village but he does not associate with his father and does not permit the grandson to have contact with his grandfather. He often has a vision: he is visited by an old army friend. He looks exactly the same as he saw him alive for the last time – in the uniform and with an automat-ic gun. Once during a medical check-up Saidulla learns that he has cancer. He does not have much time left but he has to solve the most important problems: provide water-supply for the school, make it up with his son and pay a visit to his former colleague.

Director: Rashid Malikov

Screenwriter: Rashid Malikov

Production Company: NA Uzbekkino

Premier Status: National premiere


Film Critic

A new tragedy

Azizollah Haji Mashhadi

Azizollah Haji Mashhadi

“Fortitude” is the latest film by Rashid Malikov, an Uzbek director who has already featured two other movies. The film narrates a simple story of Saidulla (Karim Merkurdiyu) a former Captain of the Soviet Army life who is living in the wake of his horrific memories of war in absence of his lost wife alone in a small house. His son lives in the same village but he does not associate with his father and does not permit the grandson to have contact with his grandfather. Once during a medical check-up, Saidulla learns that he has cancer. With all his troubles, he does great efforts in supplying water for a school and eventually he managed to do so. Now, the pain and sadness of all of his bitter memories of the war (in Karakalpak in Soviet Union in 1898), along with his cancer opens his old wounds to shape a new tragedy.


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Awards

2018: Moscow IFF, Main competition, Award of the jury of Russian film-critics, award of Russian film-clubs, Russia

2018 : Eurasia IFF, Main competition, Award for the best male role to Karim Mirkhadiev, Kazakhstan

2018 : Volokolamsky rubej IFF, Main competition, Grand-Prix, Russia

2018 : Bridge of arts IFF, Main competition, Award for the best male role, Russia

2018 : APSA, Main competition, Nomination for the best female role, Australia


Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Rashid Malikov

DOP / Camera: Bakhodir Yuldashev

Editor: Rashid Malikov

Music: Dmitry Yanov-Yanovsky

Sound: Anwar Fayz

Production Designer: Daniyar Abdurakhmanov

Producer: Furkat Zakirov

Cast: Karim Mirkhadiev, Nigora Karimbaeva, Begzod Khamraev, Seydulla Moldokhanov


Director

Rashid Malikov

Rashid Malikov (1958) born in Moscow. In 1980 graduated from the Tashkent Medical Institute, in 1986 from the department of directing at VGIK (class of Yuri Ozerov). In 1988 he debuted in films with the movie “Clinic”. His filmography includes: An Incredible Incident (1989), Midnight Blues (1991), Secret of Ferns (1991), On Foot (1997), Vanishing Tsargrad (2008), Morning Breeze (2009), Women’s Day (2013), Uncle (2014).

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