Those of you whose exposure to Kazakhstan and its culture is limited to repeated viewings of Borat would be wise to check out Tulpan, the new film from director Sergey Dvortsevoy. Tulpan tells the story of Asa, a young Kazakh man recently discharged from the Russian navy who returns to his family's home on the Hunger Steppe, a stark landscape somewhat reminiscent of Star Wars' Tatooine (only without the cantinas). Seeking a wife so that his father will give him a flock of sheep to tend, Asa tries to woo Tulpan, the only available woman for miles and miles. Despite his family's offer of 10 goats and a chandelier, Asa is rejected. But he doesn't give up. Will Asa get the girl and the flock? You'll have to see to find out. Tulpan screens at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8.50, $6.50 for Modern members. Call 817-738-9215 or visit themodern.org for more info.
Sept. 4-6, 2009