Synopsis

Based on true events, Lonely Pine tells the tragic story of Arno, a seven year old girl who is lead to believe that the mole on her lip is a gift from God and that all her wishes will come true. She is a high-spirited tomboy who lives a carefree life, wishing to be the son her father has never had.

Events take place in a remote pastureland within the high, majestic mountains of Central Asia, a microcosm of the Garden of Eden, untouched by the modern day world. Arno is brought here by her grandfather, a man of wisdom and conscience, to join their family for the summer: Arno's father, a horse farmer whose only wish is to have a son; her pregnant mother, who loves cinema; her elder sister who constantly dreams of finding love; and her younger twin sisters who live freely and spontaneously within the beautiful scenery of the mountains.

However, nothing lasts forever and unknowingly their world is about to be destroyed by encroaching civilization. The family's fragile existence is also in jeopardy as Arno's doubt about her father's love for her threatens to break their spiritual relationship.

Lonely Pine is an honest, touching and often humorous story of life, love, loss of innocence, acceptance of responsibility, unfulfilled desires and unexpected tragedy...

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Director's Vision Statement

Lonely Pine is based upon the true story of a period in my life as a very young girl.

My father died in the mountains when I was just 7 years old. The last words I said to him were: “I wish you were dead”. As a result of this, all through my life I have lived with the feeling that it was my fault. I have always felt that my words deprived him of his life and that I was responsible for putting all my family through a lifetime of sorrow and hardship. So now, with this film I want to show my father's soul how much I love him and hope that he has forgiven me. That is why for me this project is more than passion. It has been my life's work, mission and ambition. I want to promote the idea that each of us must accept the responsibility of what we think and say.

My visual inspiration comes mainly from the dramatic, deep emotive Japanese films such as The Naked Island by Kaneto Shindô, Woman in the Dunes by Hiroshi Teshigahara, the films of Akira Kurosawa and Korean Director Joon Ho Bong's Mother. However, my musical inspiration comes from north European composers, such as Sebstian Zawadzki, Max Richter, Thomas Bergersen and Jóhann Jóhannsson. I hope that this mix between an eastern vision and western sound will help to make the perception of the film more striking and generate a wider, more global appeal.

I have also included some biblical episodes within the story, for example, the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. In the case of Lonely Pine the paradise is the remote pasture high in the mountains of Central Asia, soon to be threatened with encroaching civilization. This paradise is also reflected in the fragile soul of Arno as she loses her innocence and the peace of her unconscious being forever.

We are planning to use a clip from a popular film depicting strong women who have made history. We wish to use it as an example to help inspire Asian women, because even today these women are subject to gender infringements which are woven into the cultural traditions of Asia. This part of the world continues to be dominated primarily by men.

The drama genre requires us to be very clear and precise with the casting. The protagonist ARNO must be played by a 7-10 year old girl with tremendous energy, naivety and the ability to pass herself off as a boy. She must also  have very pure eyes, capable of expressing deep sorrow. Father is at the center of all conflicts. He should be around 35-40 years old, strong, tall, thick-set and reserved. I see him as a man who is prepared to sacrifice everything, even his life, for his family. SATAR must be portrated as a confident, menacing man with a quick temper. His eyes are of special importance. One is bright blue and blind, the other dark black like a black hole or a snake, sucking in everyone's energy.
 

Dalmira Tilepbergen
Producer, Director, Screenwriter

Dalmira Tilepbergen - Producer/Director/Screenwriter

Dalmira is a film director, screenwriter and poet and has more than 20 years experience of working in film and literature. After completing a post graduate film course in Moscow she made numerous documentaries and short films in Russia and Kyrgyzstan.

Her first feature film Under Heaven has been screened at many international film festivals in Canada, USA, Russia, Kazakhstan, Japan, Turkey, India, Sri-Lanka as well as many other countries. The film has won several awards and prizes. In 2015, at the Montreal World Film Festival, it received a Special Jury mention for best feature film debut and at the Bengaluru International Film Festival, won the Grand-Prix as well as the NETPAC prize. At the New York International Film Festival the film won the Jury prize, whilst in Yakutsk (Russia) it won the award for Best Actor.

Dalmira is the former President of Central Asian PEN – the writers' association. In 2014, under her coordination, Central Asian PEN hosted the 80th PEN International Congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. More than 250 writers from around the world attended the Congress.

Dalmira's poems and stories have been translated into German, Chinese, English, Finnish, Azerbaijan, Korean and many other languages. In addition, she is a member of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), the Director’s Guild of Russia and the Union of Filmmakers in Kyrgyzstan.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2015
2011
2010
2010
2007
2005
2001

Under Heaven
Year of Fire
The Most Terrible Weapon
Cinema Price
First Born
Crush Down from the Seventh Floor
Tomogo (Cap for Falcon)

Director, Screenwriter
Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Director, Screenwriter
Director, Screenwriter
Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Director, Producer

Marina Dessiatkina - Producer

She graduated from the Russian Television & Radio Institute in Moscow in Television Documentary Directing, and later on completed her formal filmmaking training at the New York Film Academy. Marina is also the founder and program director of Culterra Magica Arts and Culture Enrichment Program, and a Director at the Business, Arts, and Culture Integration Centre (BACIC), a non-profit Toronto organization dedicated to promoting arts, culture, and facilitating the integration of new immigrant artists into the Canadian art community. Marina has directed several documentaries, one of which, The Great Arctic Adventure was acquired by the United Nations for its unique public video archive. One of her most recent works was a story research and development for a feature project titled The_Forbiddance that was showcased as one of the 30 best Russian films of the year at the 2015 Moscow International Film Festival. Luc: Gone With The Sun is her first documentary project after a long period of time, since she immigrated to Canada in 1998. She is currently working as a guest Director/Producer for a documentary series I’M POSSIBLE produced by Ethnic Channels Group Productions (Toronto) and funded by the Canadian Media Fund.

 

Filmography

1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1998
2013
2018
2018
2019

2019

Mirror Master
The Golden Route of Russia
There Was A Village
Poem of Wine: Kaplanbeck
The Great Arctic Adventure
Women of the North
Ekaterina Golovkina
The Forbiddance
’Luc: Gone with the Sun’ Documentary DREAM BIG - Santa Lucia of North Pole
DREAM BIG - Assiatou: The Rebellious Run
DREAM BIG - The Complexity of Wine

Director
Director
Director
Director, Screenwriter, Narrator
Director, Screenwriter, Narrator
Producer
Idea, Synopsis
Script Editor
Director
Producer, director
Producer, director

Producer, director

Brett Syson - Associate Producer

Brett's initial background is in management within the UK Civil Service and from*1995-1998 worked as the Team Leader for a World Bank/British Council Project in Kyrgyzstan. He was also the British Honorary Consul in Kyrgyzstan and was instrumental in organizing the visit of HRH The Prince of Wales to Bishkek in 1996.

During 2001 Brett attended the New York Film Academy and since then has worked on the Management and Marketing Team for Odeon Cinemas in London and later with the Kyrgyz Film Industry. He has been a Producer and Consultant on several award-winning Kyrgyz films, including four Oscar submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.

Brett is currently the Director of Operations for the Asian World Film Festival which specializes in screening Oscar and Golden Globe submissions from the Asian Continent for Best Foreign Language Film.

 

Filmography

2016
2015
2014
2010
2007

A Father's Will
Heavenly Nomadic
Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains
The Light Thief
Pure Coolness

Associate Producer
Associate Producer
Associate Producer
Consultant
Associate Producer