A Mongolian Tale

Director: Xie Fei
Screenwriters: Zhang Chengzhi

Institute History

  • 1996 Sundance Film Festival


In Mongolia, about thirty years ago, Beiyinpalica, an orphan boy of Chinese descent, is sent to be raised by a foster mother, Nai Nai. She has a young daughter, Someyer, and the two children grow up together. In Mongolia, children learn to ride horses at an early age, but Nai Nai has no horse to offer Beiyinpalica. One windy night a black pony strays by Nai Nai’s house and in order to raise it, she and Beiyinpalica find a mare to nurse it.

Years pass, and Beiyinpalica and Someyer are engaged to be married, but not before he finishes his schooling in the city. He leaves with the now grown-up stallion for the city. Eight months later, on his return, Beiyinpalica finds that Someyer is pregnant with someone else’s child. Though pregnancy is an occasion for celebration in Mongolia, Beiyinpalica leaves in despair. Years later, he returns with his black stallion in search of Someyer. He finds her . . . .

— Montreal Film Festival

Screening Details


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