Films in Distribution
A runaway living on a rooftop in Ulaanbaatar, Tsog survives by selling milk and retreating into his vivid imaginary world. When he notices a lonely woman living in the building next door, he imagines he has found a kindred spirit and embarks on a mission to intertwine their fates.
Festivals / Awards
Busan IFF 2013, South Korea - New Currents Award
Seoul Independent FF, South Korea
Rotterdam IFF 2014, Netherlands - Nominated for the Hubert Bals Fund Lions Film Award
Göteborg IFF 2014, Sweden
Vilnius IFF 2014, Lithuania
Washington DC FF 2014, USA
Mooov FF 2014, Belgium - Competition
Seattle IFF 2014, USA - New Directors Competitions
Terracotta Far East FF London 2014, UK
Zlín FF for Children & Youth 2014, Czech Republic - Competition
Shanghai IFF 2014, China
Munich FF 2014, Germany
Melbourne IFF 2014, Australia
Anonimul IFF 2014, Romania - Award for Best Feature Film
Mongolian Week Dortmund, Germany
Asiatica FF Rome 2014, Italy - Competition
Warsaw IFF 2014, Poland
Dharmshala FF, India
Inverness FF 2014, UK
Camerimage FF 2014, Poland
written and directed by Byamba Sakhya
"Part Buddhist parable, part social-realist drama, Remote Control exposes both the divides and the invisible interconnectedness in a nation undergoing rapid modernization. It also boasts the sort of breathtakingly beautiful widescreen cinematography that deserves to be seen on a big screen… an excellent film from Mongolia"
- Anton Bitel, Terracotta Far East Review, Sight & Sound
"The film is beautifully, subtly drawn. The flatness of the urban streets and the wind-whipped rural slum Tsog leaves behind contrast strongly with the vivid colors of the boy's desires and dreams. The hypnotic score is used sparingly and chimes with the moods of the film, which feel real and unforced. Narratives are seemingly left hanging and nothing is spelt out, but the threads have been woven with considerable skill"
- Ed Rowe, Film Review, Curnblog
"[A] poetic reflection on dreams and taking new steps"
- Film Program, International Film Festival Rotterdam
"Vast landscapes, the nomadic lifestyle and rich mineral resources maybe the current national identity of Mongolia. But Sakhya is looking for more"
- Film Review, Global Times China
"[S]howcases the possibilities of Mongolian cinema"
- Clarence Tsui, Busan Review, The Hollywood Reporter
"The picture blurs the border between reality and fantasy and tells the story of an alienated youngster who believes he can connect with a woman in another apartment block by using a TV remote control"
- Nemo Kim & Patrick Frater, Busan Round-Up, Variety
directed by Byamba Sakhya
An unpredictable and grand road trip over the steppes undertaken by two filmmakers.
Awarded the PanStar Fund, Asian Network of Documentary, Pusan International Film Festival
and supported by Visions Sud Est Fund, Switzerland.