If Only I Could Hibernate

Dir: Zoljargal Purevdash
Cast: Taivanbat Alexandar, Batmandakh Batchuluun, Tuguldur Batsaikhan
98mins   2023   Mongolia | France | Switzerland | Qatar   12A   Mongolian    Subtitled    F-Rated

When gifted high school student Ulzii unexpectedly wins a local physics competition in Mongolia’s capital city Ulaanbaatar, he sees a chance to escape his deprived neighbourhood by competing in the national finals for the chance of a university scholarship.

But when his struggling mother returns to the countryside in search of work, he has to balance the demands of looking after his younger siblings during a harsh winter with pursuing his academic dreams.

'A formidable debut that captures the indomitability of the human spirit amid even the most challenging circumstances' - Hamza Shehryar, Little White Lies

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