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If Only I Could Hibernate (12A)

A young boy stands at a school chalkboard in front of his teacher, with complicated mathematics written in chalk.

In Mongolia's capital city, a gifted student dreams of academic success, but has to look after his family, in Zoljargal Purevdash’s touching debut.

When gifted high school student Ulzii unexpectedly wins a local physics competition in Mongolia’s capital city Ulaanbaatar, he sees a chance to escape by competing in the national finals for the chance of a university scholarship. 

But when his struggling mother returns to the countryside in search of work, he must balance the demands of looking after his younger siblings during a harsh winter with his academic dreams. The first Mongolian film to ever play in official selection at Cannes, writer/director Zoljargal Purevdash’s beautifully photographed debut feature is a hope-filled coming-of-age drama about resilience and determination against the odds

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2024 Mongolia dir Zoljargal Purevdash 99 min

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