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By Darezhan Omirbayev
By Darezhan Omirbayev
By Darezhan Omirbayev
By Darezhan Omirbayev
By Darezhan Omirbayev


By Darezhan Omirbayev

Screen Daily: "[...] the overall social, political, and geographical context is so unique that it affords him the opportunity to spin the entire narrative in an uncharted direction. The use of gorgeous spare wrapping for complex ideas is an inspired choice that keeps the entire project both accessible and stimulating." [read more]


Variety: "[...] there's much to admire in the film's elegantly classical tempo and the way Omirbayev achieves so much with so little [...]." [read more]


Le Monde : "Compensation notoire : chaque film, par sa finesse épurée, son sens plastique, son profond humanisme, est un bonheur à découvrir." [read more]




Cannes Film Festival - Official Selection Un Certain Regard



A student of Philosophy suffers from lack of money and loneliness. He decides to kill the owner of a shop and has to learn the influence of conscience. When he falls in love with a girl he has to take responsibility for his actions. The script is based on Dostoevsky’s novel “Crime And Punishment”.


The Student: Nurlan Baitasov
Saniya: Maya Serikbayeva
The Poet: Edige Bolysbayev
Student's Mother: Bakhytzhan
1st University lecturer: Aruzhan Sain
2nd University lecturer: Amangeldy Aitaly
The Actress: Asel Sagatova
The Film Director: Darezhan Omirbayev


Director: Darezhan Omirbayev
Script: Darezhan Omirbayev
Cinematography: Boris Troshev
Editor: Aizhan Bissenbinova
Music: Baurzhan Kuanys
Sound: Iliya Biserov
Executive producer: Limara Zheksembayeva
Production Company: Kazakhfilm JSC


Colour / 90 min / Kazakh with English subtitles / Kazakhstan 2012

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