Watching The Fall of Otrar was without a doubt one of the most immersive film experiences I've had in a while. The historical era, centering around Genghis Khan's influence over east asian areas is completely filled with blood, tears and dirt. Ardak Amirkulov captures this brutality in a breathtakingly bold vision with only brief glimmers of hope. Every aspect from the score to the set design to the claustrophobic camera work intensifies the merciless atmosphere. A bleak, unique medieval film that deserves to be seen by many more people.
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