GenreAdventure, Family Running time1h 41m LanguageGerman
Uzmaan Saparov Release date1994 in Germany
April 10, 1997 (1997-04-10) (Germany) WriterArend Agthe (idea), Arend Agthe, Uzmaan Saparov DirectorsArend Agthe, Uzmaan Saparov CastMax Kullmann (Robert), Murad Orazov (Murad), Pjotr Olev (Pjotr), Neithardt Riedel (Jansen), Neithardt Riedel (Boris) GenresAdventure Film, Family film
TaglineA desert adventure
Karakum (1994) is a Turkmenistani and German adventure film directed by Arend Agthe and Uzmaan Saparov and produced by Ottokar Runze. The story of the film was written by Arend Agthe and Uzmaan Saparov.
Robert, a 13-year-old German boy starts a journey to find his father who he thinks lives in Turkmenistan. When he reaches the country, he meets a localboy named Murad, who agrees to help him in his search. Gradually they are abandoned by their elderly guides and have to go on by themselves.
Max Kullmann as Robert
Murad Orazov as Murad
Pjotr Olev as Pjotr
Neithardt Riedel as Jansen
Aleksandr Potapov as Boris
Martin Semmelrogge as Brink
Victor Marosov as Gregor
Murat Annageldyyev as Narbiger
Khodzha Durdy Narliyev as Anführer der Banditen
Mulkoman Orazov as Bandit
Anabirdijev Birdinasar as Major der Miliz
Kurban Dshumajev as Milizsoldat
Altyn Khodzhayeva as Schwägerin
Dshenet Orasova as Kleine Schwester
Ata Dovletov as Alter Mann
Dshenet Allakulijeva as Enkelin
Berdy Ashirov as Tankwart
Arend Agthe conceived the basic plot of the film. Then he and Uzmaan Saparov developed the storyline of the film. The film was produced by Ottokar Runze and Fred Steinbach and Dietrich Voigtlaender were the executive producers of the film. Music of the film was composed by Martin Cyrus and Matthias Raue. Cinematographer and editor of the film were Michael Wiesweg and Ursula Höf respectively.
Release and reception
The film was released in 1994 in Turkmenistan and on 10 April 1997 in Germany and received mainly positive reviews from critics. Variety in their review wrote,the film was—
an engaging, sometimes exciting juvenile adventure saga set in the vast deserts of former Soviet republic Turkmenistan, German co-production "Karakum" is solid, non-pandering fare for kids (over 8 or so) and adults alike. Theatrical prospects are good in select countries, along with broader tube play.