13/1 | 17:00 | The Gentle Indifference of the World

Kazahstan, France/2018
Adilkhan Yerzhanov


After her father’s death, Saltanat is forced to trade her idyllic countryside life for the cruel city. She has to find money to pay off the family debt her father left behind, in order to save her mother from jail. Friends since their village childhood, her loyal but penniless admirer Kuandyk, follows her just to make sure she is safe. Saltanat’s uncle introduces her to a possible groom, who promises to pay off her family’s debts. But Saltanat’s hopes are dashed, when she discovers that the men in this city don’t keep their word. When Kuandyk tries to help Saltanat get the money through other ways, he ends up in more trouble than he bargained for. Although life keeps dealing them bad hands, Saltanat and Kuandyk never give up, no matter what the odds.

Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Roelof Jan Minneboo

Director of Photography
Aydar Sharipov

Film Editing
Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Yedige Nessipbekov

Продуценти / Producers
Olga Khlasheva, Serik Abishev, Akan Sataiev, Ernar Kurmashev, Aliya Mendygozhina

Production Companies
Astana Film Fund, Short brothers

Dinara Baktybayeva, Kuandyk Dyussembayev, Kulzhamilya Belzhanova, Baymurat Zhumanov, Bauyrzhan Kaptagay, Nurbek Mukushev, Yerken Gubashev, Teoman Khos, Konstantin Kozlov, Kuanysh Turdalin, Talgat Sydykbekov, Arken Ibdimin


Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Director's Biography
Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Adilkhan Yerzhanov is a film director and screenwriter. He was born in Djezkazgan city, Kazakhstan, in 1982. In 2009 he graduated from Kazakh National Academy of Arts, as film director. Adilkhan participated in Berlinale Talents in 2014 and is a member of the APSA (Asia-Pacific Screen Awards) Academy. He made many shorts, followed by full-length feature films and a documentary he both wrote and directed.

His selected filmography includes Night God (2018) premiered at Moscow International Film Festival; The Plague at the Karatas Village (2016) premiered in Rotterdam and awarded NETPAC award, The Owners (2014) premiered at the Official Selection of the 67th Cannes International Film Festival.

Besides features, in summer 2015 Adilkhan completed a documentary History of Kazakh Cinema for the Power of Asian Cinema series (made for the Busan International Film Festival and KBS-network).