Feature Film / Switzerland / Mongolia / 100 min
principal shooting – September & October 2016
postproduction – finished in December 2017
Producer – Simon Hesse
Co-Producers – Cyrill Gerber, Batbayar Chogsom & Urs Fitze
Director – Batbayar Chogsom
D.o.P. – Simon Bitterli
Music – Urs Bollhalder
Editor – Petra Beck
Dorj Bayarsaikhan Bayartsengel
Suren Enerel Tumen
Jack Adiyabaatar Rina
Saraa Erdenetsetseg Tsend-Ayush
Mutter Oyun-Erdene Jamiyan
Ganbaa Bayanmunkh Purevjav
A Hesse Film Production
in co-production with
Milan Film AG & Chogsom Film & Cobra Film & Cinegrell & Schweizer Radio & Fernsehen SRF
Supported by Migros Kulturprozent, Kanton St.Gallen Kulturförderung & Bundesamt für Kultur
«Out of Paradise» is a very universal story, and a personal as well. Nowadays when our society has less and less time to reflect on our rapidly changing world. We feel it is a perfect time to bring this story to the big screen.
Batbayar Chogsom, Director
News & Press
We are delighted to win the grand prize at the 21st International Shanghai Film Festival SIFF. The jury awarded «Out of Paradise» with the Golden Goblet Award for best feature film on June 24, 2018 – Many Thanks!
«Out of Paradise» had its world premiere at the 53rd edition of the «Solothurner Filmtage» and was nominated for the «Prix du public». It will next be shown at the 32nd edition of the «Festival International de Films de Fribourg».
The first reviews were quite enthusiastic. Here you can find one by Michael Sennhauser, critic for «Radio Kultur» on SRF2.
Dorj and his heavily pregnant wife Suren live an idyllic nomadic life on the Mongolian steppe, but as Suren develops complications during childbirth, the local doctor advises them to venture into the capital city to seek medical attention. With no official documentation they find themselves unable to cover the medical fees and Dorj must pawn their wedding belongings before signing up to a local karaoke contest. A heart-warming and feel-good roadmovie about the clash between nature and the urban world, Out of Paradise is as much a love story as a reflection on our modern ways of living.