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Directed by Darežen Omirbajev

Kazakhstan 2012 In Kazakh

Spurred by his own postmodern musings and the growing inequality, corruption, and kill-or-be-killed ethic of post-Soviet Kazakhstan, a solitary philosophy student steers his directionless life toward the commission of a violent crime. Inspired by Dostoyevsky’s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, Omirbayev roots his tortured protagonist in the losing segment of the new capitalist era, in which the rich rise above common legal proscriptions and old-fashioned communal values. “The use of gorgeous spare wrapping for complex ideas is an inspired choice that keeps the entire project both accessible and stimulating.”—Screen Daily.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Global Lens



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