The Cave of the Yellow Dog


1h 33m 2005
The Cave of the Yellow Dog

Brief Synopsis

The oldest daughter of a Mongolian nomad family finds a small dog one day while out in the fields. When she brings him home, her father is afraid he could bring bad luck and demands that she immediately get rid of him. Despite her father's orders, she keeps the puppy and tries to hide him from her s

Film Details

Also Known As
Cave of the Yellow Dog, Die Hohle des gelben Hundes, Hohle des gelben Hundes, Die
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Arp; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Contact Film Cinemathek; Entertainment One; Entertainment One Films Australia Pty, Ltd.; Karmafilms (Spain); Showgate, Inc.; Swallow Wings; Telepool Gmbh
Distribution Company
Tartan Films (US); Bim Distribuzione; Filmladen Gmbh; IFA Cinema; Sam Film; Tartan Films; Tartan Video; Warner Bros. Pictures International; X Verleih
Location
Mongolia

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m

Synopsis

The oldest daughter of a Mongolian nomad family finds a small dog one day while out in the fields. When she brings him home, her father is afraid he could bring bad luck and demands that she immediately get rid of him. Despite her father's orders, she keeps the puppy and tries to hide him from her skeptical father. When the family uproots to move to another camp, the father leaves the puppy behind, tied up to a post. Only when the dog proves himself to the father by protecting the family's baby boy from a flock of threatening vultures does the father accept him and welcome him into their family.

Film Details

Also Known As
Cave of the Yellow Dog, Die Hohle des gelben Hundes, Hohle des gelben Hundes, Die
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Arp; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Contact Film Cinemathek; Entertainment One; Entertainment One Films Australia Pty, Ltd.; Karmafilms (Spain); Showgate, Inc.; Swallow Wings; Telepool Gmbh
Distribution Company
Tartan Films (US); Bim Distribuzione; Filmladen Gmbh; IFA Cinema; Sam Film; Tartan Films; Tartan Video; Warner Bros. Pictures International; X Verleih
Location
Mongolia

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m

Articles

The Cave of the Yellow Dog -


Director Byambasuren Davaa is not just one of the first women to make films in her native Mongolia but also, through her co-productions with German companies, one of the first Mongolian directors to achieve international recognition. After winning an Oscar nomination for her feature-length documentary The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003), she created this narrative feature about the conflicts within a family of Mongolian herders when their daughter (Nansal Batchuluun) adopts a stray dog. The girl's father (Batchuluun Urjindorj) is afraid the dog will attract wolves to decimate his sheep herd, setting the stage for intergenerational conflict.

The film was Davaa's thesis project for graduation from the University of Television and Film at Munich. She spent two weeks in Mongolia searching for the perfect family. Once she chose the Batchuluuns, she spent two days with them before going back to Germany. She then returned with her film crew and spent another week with them before starting production. There was no question of asking her cast to learn lines. Davaa simply set up situations and let them react as they normally would. As a result, the family behaved as if there were no cameras present. Their natural performances add greatly to the film's power. Even the dog responded well to her efforts, winning the Palm Dog at the Cannes Film Festival. The film also won a Special Mention at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the German Film Award for Outstanding Children or Youth Film.

By Frank Miller
The Cave Of The Yellow Dog -

The Cave of the Yellow Dog -

Director Byambasuren Davaa is not just one of the first women to make films in her native Mongolia but also, through her co-productions with German companies, one of the first Mongolian directors to achieve international recognition. After winning an Oscar nomination for her feature-length documentary The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003), she created this narrative feature about the conflicts within a family of Mongolian herders when their daughter (Nansal Batchuluun) adopts a stray dog. The girl's father (Batchuluun Urjindorj) is afraid the dog will attract wolves to decimate his sheep herd, setting the stage for intergenerational conflict. The film was Davaa's thesis project for graduation from the University of Television and Film at Munich. She spent two weeks in Mongolia searching for the perfect family. Once she chose the Batchuluuns, she spent two days with them before going back to Germany. She then returned with her film crew and spent another week with them before starting production. There was no question of asking her cast to learn lines. Davaa simply set up situations and let them react as they normally would. As a result, the family behaved as if there were no cameras present. Their natural performances add greatly to the film's power. Even the dog responded well to her efforts, winning the Palm Dog at the Cannes Film Festival. The film also won a Special Mention at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the German Film Award for Outstanding Children or Youth Film. By Frank Miller

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Released in United States Fall November 10, 2006

Released in United States November 17, 2006

Released in United States on Video February 13, 2007

Released in United States 2005

Released in United States September 2005

Released in United States 2006

Shown at London Film Festival (World Cinema) October 19-November 3, 2005.

Shown at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (New Directors) September 15-24, 2005.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 25-June 18, 2006.

Released in United States Fall November 10, 2006 (NY)

Released in United States November 17, 2006 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video February 13, 2007

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at London Film Festival (World Cinema) October 19-November 3, 2005.)

Released in United States September 2005 (Shown at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (New Directors) September 15-24, 2005.)

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 25-June 18, 2006.)