ZHELTAYA KOSHKA YELLOW CAT
Freshly released from prison, Kermek is eager to start a new life. However, he is soon dismayed to learn from his brother Bolzoy that he wasn't let out for good behaviour: no, it seems that he was allowed to walk thanks to a shady deal between Bolzoy and gangster boss Baldur. Now, to pay his debt Kermek is supposed to go to work for the latter, which he grudgingly does. In the process, he meets prostitute Eva, with whom he soon sets off to leave the world of crime behind and realise his dream of setting up his own cinema in the mountains. With equal doses of tragedy and comedy, Adilkhan Yerzhanov conjures a grim reality from which cinema appears to be the only escape route. Unswerving in his approach, he draws adeptly on elements of the Western and French and American gangster film genres. The film's cinephile nature is also evident in its characters: in Kermek, for instance, who doesn't just want to build a cinema, but instead also quotes constantly from Alain Delon's character in Melville's LE SAMOURAI. Still, Kermek's cinephilia doesn't remain mere homage – instead, for those who dare to dream, it becomes a means of self-assertion in a world without mercy.
Born in 1982 in Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Yerzhanov completed his studies in directing in 2009 at the State Academy in Kazakhstan, before continuing his studies in New York. These days he is almost a regular at goEast. This year, he is featured twice in the programme with ULBOLSYN and the opening film YELLOW CAT.
2013 // CONSTRUCTORS / STROITELI
2018 // THE GENTLE INDIFFERENCE OF THE WORLD / LASKOVOE BEZRAZLICHIE MIRA
2020 // YELLOW CAT / ZHELTAYA KOSHKA
2020 // ULBOLSYN / ULBOLSIN
Kazakhstan, France 2020
89 min, DCP, colour
OV with German and English Subs
Guillaume de Seille
Wednesday, 09/01/2021, 8:30PM