Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season 12

I, The Sunshine (Mongolia) - Past Film

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This is Asian Pop-Up Cinema’s first ever selection of a family movie. Most suitable to watch with your kids or grandchildren!

Told in three parts by a boy narrating the stories of his father, his mother, and his own, I, THE SUNSHINE features stunning cinematography by Nergui Erdenekhuyag throughout. The first story is a look back at steppe life when school’s out for the summer. Commune members must travel to find a television so they can keep up with their favorite soap opera until Bodi’s father brings home a television set to have at home. To their dismay, they discover their home lies too low to catch a signal, motivating Bodi and friends to find a way to remedy the situation. 

The second story is about mother Nandine living life in the city and working as a contortionist. Her career is cut short as her mother, who was in the same profession herself, is confined to a wheelchair due to an injury, while Nandine’s father is working in the United States to support the family. Viewers will take delight in watching the beautifully shot contortionist performances.

The son’s story finds him living a far more privileged existence thanks to the wealth his parents Bodi and Nandine have accumulated. He is on his phone constantly and oblivious to those around him. As he is also shy, he encounters bullies daily but that changes when his computer mouse transforms into a girl that fends them off, granting any wish he desires which eventually makes for a rude awakening.

Director Sengedorj Janchivdorj

Sengedorj Janchivdorj from Mongolia, graduated in film directing with a bachelor’s degree in motion picture at the University of Film Art in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He is a seasoned director with over 15 feature film directing credit and won numerous awards including the best director at Mongolian Academy Awards in 2016. His recent movie LIFE has won the best feature film at Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival 2018 and will have its international premier at Dhaka International Film Festival 2019.  

  • Year
  • Runtime
    108 minutes
  • Country
  • Premiere
    North American Premiere
  • Note
    Family, Mongolian with English subtitles
  • Director
    Sengedorj Janchivdorj
  • Cast
    E. Amarbayasgalan, D. Asardari, B. Bayanmunkh, Bayra Bela, B. Dolgormaa