I bet you never thought you'd see the day when a government-funded historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan, shot over three years with three directors, would get distribution in the US, huh? I know it's almost impossible to believe, but it's true: The Weinstein Company has picked up North American (and Australian, New Zealand and South African) rights to Nomad, a $35 million film that is being described as "the Kazakh Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," whatever that means.

Originally funded in its entirety by the Kazakh government and starring a bizarre mix of North American (Jay Hernandez, Jason Scott Lee, Kuno Becker) and Kazakh (Dilnaz Akhmadieva, Ayana Yesmagambetova, Doskhan Zholzhaksynov) actors, the film's original $20 million budget was somehow spent even before production began. Because they either really believed in the project or had nothing better to do with the cash, the government turned around and ponied up $15 million extra; the movie (originally shot in English, then dubbed into Kazakh) finally had its long-awaited premiere at the Locarno Film Festival over the weekend.*

No date has yet been announced for the American release.

*On the IMDb, there's a report that TWC came in late to help fund the film, and actually demanded changes, but I'm unable to find any confirmation of this story. If anyone can provide a link to details, stick it in the comments and I'll edit the post.