Director: Otto Bell -
Theatrical Release: 2016
Rated: G (MPAA)
Length: 87 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
A 13-year-old Mongolian girl named Aisholpan Nurgaiv strives to become the first female in her culture to learn to hunt alongside a trained eagle. As she prepares for an annual eagle-hunting competition, she must also deal with the disapproval of several tribal elders. Directed by Otto Bell.;
Daisy Ridley -
Otto Bell -
Boshai Dalaikhan -
Kuksyegyen Almagul -
Rhys Nurgaiv -
Aisholpan Nurgaiv -
Adam Sonnenfeld -
Jeff Peters - Composer (Music Score)
"With a patient gaze grounded in respect and adoration for his subject, director Otto Bell delicately observes the rousing tale of 13-year-old Aisholpan, a young girl who bucks the ancient, male-dominated tradition of eagle hunting in Mongolia." -- Grade: B
"THE EAGLE HUNTRESS isn?t critical. It wants to make your heart swell, and it does a fine job of it." -- Grade: B
3 stars out of 4 -- "Bravo to veteran nature cinematographer Simon Niblett for devising ways to safely shoot such spectacular action -- from a self-made drone and a crane to an ?eagle cam" that employs a dog?s harness -- in such risky environs."
"As unlikely as it is enchanting, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS tells its documentary story with such sureness that falling under its sway is all but inevitable."
3 stars out of 4 -- "[F]rom the moment we see Aisholpan climb down a steep slope on the snow-covered Altai Mountains to capture an eaglet for training, we're hooked."
"[T]hrilling....The story is a simple and appealing fable of indomitability and father-daughter companionship."
"[I]t offers inspiration...taking the audience on a beautiful, thrilling journey to a part of the world that isstill largely inaccessible. And it introduces them to a young woman who gives bravery a bracing, unforgettable face."
"This is a very nicely filmed piece of work. Aisholpan is very personable, and there are some eagle-vs-prey scenes that could go into PLANET EARTH II."