The Bus Stop


At a bus stop, in an undefined place, four unrelated characters are waiting for a bus that will never come. “It’s the journey that matters, not the destination,” as we all know, and the directorial duo from Kyrgyzstan has come up with an entertaining version of the famous cliché, where the expectation of the journey might prove even more important than the journey itself. An almost still camera transforms the characters into anonymous silhouettes, likening them to microorganisms and commenting on their behaviors with a subtle and scathing humor.
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Direction: Aktan Arym Kubat (Abdykalikov), Ernest Abdyjaparov
Script: Aktan Arym Kubat (Abdykalikov), Ernest Abdyjaparov
Cinematography: Hassan Kydyraliev
Editing: Roza Umralieva
Sound: Bakyt Niyazaliev, Gauhar Sydykova
Actors: Meder Maniyazov, Taalaikan Abazova, Mirlan Abdykalykov, Ernest Abdyjaparov, Emil Ibragimov
Production: Umai Foundation, with the support of Kyrgyzfilm Studio
Format: Digital File
Color: B&W
Production Country: Kyrgyzstan
Production Year: 2000
Duration: 27'
Contact: Aktan Arym Kubat (Abdykalikov)
Awards/Distinctions: Jury Prize (Best Short Film) – Anapa IFF Jury Prize – Cottbus IFF

Aktan Arym Kubat (Abdykalikov)


1990 The Dog Was Running
1997 Hassan-Hussen
1998 The Adopted Son (fiction)
2001 The Chimp (fiction)
2010 The Light Thief (fiction)
2017 Centaur (fiction)

Ernest Abdyjaparov


1993 I Βow Βefore the Spirit of Almanbet (short fiction)
1995 Taranchy | The Sparrow (short fiction)
2000 Beket | Bus Stop (short fiction)
2005 Saratan | Kyrgyz Summer (fiction)
2007 Boz Salkyn | Pure Coolness (fiction)
2013 Taxi & Telephone (fiction)