Travel movies

The Way Back (2010)

Director:

Peter Weir

Starring:

Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell

Synopsis:

In 1941, three men attempt to flee communist Russia, escaping a Siberian gulag. The film tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl who joins them in flight. The group's natural leader is Janusz, a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife, spent much of his youth outdoors, and knows how to live in the wild. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: a cynical American, a Russian thug, a comedic accountant, a pastry chef who draws, a priest, and a Pole with night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, as well as many moral and ethical dilemmas throughout the journey towards freedom.

IMdB Rating: 7

Why watch?

For lack of infrastructure, the movie couldn't be actually filmed in Russia, Mongolia and China, but the producers did a good job recreating the weather and terrain of the original trek in more film-friendly countries such as Bulgaria, Morocco and India. You'll hardly notice while watching. The movie will help you grasp the immense vastness and desolation of Siberian and Mongolian landscapes.

Film locations:

Russia

Mongolia

Malta

India

An Idiot Abroad: Trans-Siberian Express (Season 2 - Episode 2) (2011)

Director:

Krishnendu Majumdar

Starring:

Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

Synopsis:

Karl takes the Trans-Siberian Express from Moscow to China. On the trip, he experiences a Russian steam room, undergoes Cosmonaut training, meets a magnetic man, gets buried alive, competes in a wrestling match, and visits a dwarf village.

IMdB Rating: 7,6

Why watch?

Are you sure you want to travel the transsiberian in Platzkartny?

Film locations:

Russia

Mongolia

Malta

The Eagle Huntress (2016)

Director:

Otto Bell

Starring:

Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley, Rys Nurgaiv

Synopsis:

This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.

IMdB Rating: 7,5

Why watch?

For astonishing views of the Altai mountains and footage of the Eagle Festival.

Film locations:

Mongolia

The story of the Weeping Camel (2003)

Director:

Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni

Starring:

Janchiv Ayurzana, Chimed Ohin, Amgaabazar Gonson

Synopsis:

Springtime in the Gobi Desert, South Mongolia. A family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white colt. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and her motherly love. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, to a a backwater town in search of a musician who is their only hope for saving the colt's life.

IMdB Rating: 7,5

Why watch?

For those who enjoy watching camels during 1h30.

Film locations:

Mongolia