A spectacular historical epic set against the backdrop of the harshly beautiful Mongolian steppes, Mongol tells of the formative years and the rise to power of the legendary Genghis Khan. Taking us back to his childhood, the killing of his father and his flight into the wilderness from those rivals who want his crown and who swear to kill him as soon as he has grown big enough, the film gives a central place to the courageous wife (the beautiful Chinese actress Sun Honglei) he wilfully chose as a child. Miraculously surviving his youthful ordeals, the adult Genghis (played very convincingly by Japanese star Asano Todonobu) gathers his clans and allies about him and, in a series of twists and turns and spectacular battles, takes complete power.
Running Time: 120 mins | Language: Mongolian dialogue with English subtitles
Director: Sergei Bodrov | Country: Germany | DIFF Section: The Cinema of the World