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Interview: Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir – City of Wind

Interview: Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir – City of Wind

For her debut feature film, Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir delves into her own past experiences, exploring customs and traditions through the eyes of her young protagonist. Ze must navigate the delicate balance between pursuing personal desires and fulfilling sacred duties as the shaman for their village. Shot in Ulaanbaatar, the film captures a pivotal moment in time—a crossroads between adolescence and adulthood, a reflection on traditions from the past and their relevance in the present, and an evolving city that starkly contrasts with its recent history and is likely to undergo significant changes in the near future.

Already a notable presence on the film festival circuit due to her previous short films, Purev-Ochir was chosen to participate in the 2023 Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti section. City of Wind earned the Best Actor prize for Tergel Bold-Erdene, and it has recently been selected as Mongolia’s official entry for the International Feature Oscar category in 2024. I had the opportunity to sit down with the filmmaker during the festival, where we discussed the project’s origins, her approach to capturing the backdrop, and her unique portrayal of youth culture.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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