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A boy is killed in an aul (Kazakh village). Detective Bekzat wants to end an investigation quickly: a crime perpetrator is already found by local police officers after all. But when a journalist from the city comes, everything falls apart. Now Bekzat must conduct a real investigation, following procedure, for the first time in his career.

“a staggeringly controlled, slow-burn scorcher of a crime thriller...a deliciously pessimistic testament, for those on its deliberate, low-frequency wavelength, to the power of an unapologetically auteurist, art-house approach to genre.” - Variety

Adilkhan Yerzhanov, a film director and scriptwriter, was born in Djezkazgan city, Kazakhstan. In 2009 he graduated from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts. He is a two-time participant of the Cannes Film Festival's Official Program (The Owners, 2014, and The Gentle Indifference of the World, 2018, Un Certain Regard Section). He won an Asia Pacific Screen Awards (often referred to as “Asian “Oscars”) for Achievement in Directing for A Dark, Dark Man film. His previous films, The Owners and The Gentle Indifference of the World , were nominated for APSAs for Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, and Achievement in Cinematography. The Owners was included in the 100 Best Asian Films catalogue, published in 2015 by the Busan International Film Festival. He is a member of the EFA (European Film Academy) & a member of the APSA Academy.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    130 minutes
  • Language
    Kazakh, Russian
  • Country
    Kazakhstan, France
  • Director
    Adilkhan Yerzhanov
  • Cast
    Daniyar Alshinov, Dinara Baktybayeva, Teoman Khos