• 29.07.2020

    "Yellow cat" by Adilkhan Yerzhanov will take part in the competition of the Venice film festival

    The feature film "Yellow cat" directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov will take part in the competition program "Horizons" of the 77th Venice international film festival. One of the world’s largest and most prestigious festivals will be held in a full live format this year on September 2-12.

    The international jury of "Horizons" will be headed by a bright representative of modern French author's cinema, film Director and screenwriter Claire Denis ("Good job"," let the sun In","High society"). The film "Yellow cat" was made by ZERDE FILMS (Kazakhstan) with the participation of Short Brothers (Kazakhstan), Kazakhfilm Studio (Kazakhstan) and Arizona Productions (France).

    "Yellow cat" is the 9th full-length feature film directed by Yerzhanov. The film was shot in Almaty region last year. The general producers are Asel Sadvakasova, Kanat Bitemirov and Erbol Toybaev.

    "For me, the Kermek is the kindest hero beyond all of the characters we created, and it is noteworthy that he appeared in such a difficult time. Of course, I am happy about “Horizons”. I think that today the live format of Venice is the best premiere for any film at all. I want to thank the team and selectors for this opportunity", - shared his impressions Adilkhan Yerzhanov.
    The film tells the story of Kazakhstan's "Bonnie and Clyde". After serving a prison sentence, the young man Kermek returns to his hometown, where a criminal group has established its ruthless laws. Eva is Kermek's girlfriend. Under the pressure of bandits, she finds herself on a bad path. Kermek himself is mired in crime, but does not stop dreaming of breaking free with his beloved and building a movie theater. He decides to achieve this goal at any cost…

    The role of Kermek was played by the Russian actor Azamat Nigmanov, known for his roles in films "The Convoy" by Alexei Mizgirev and "The 28 Panfilov heroes" by Andrey Shaliopa. The role of Eva was played by a young Kazakhstan’s actress Kamila Nugmanova, who previously starred in the films "Dirt of a Big City" by Nariman Turebayev and "Cloud on the Roof" by Alisher Suleimenov. For both actors "Yellow Cat" was the first experience of cooperation with director Adilkhan Yerzhanov. The role of the crime boss Zhambas was played by the actor Sanzhar Madi, who had previously collaborated with Yerzhanov in the films "Fight of Atbai" and "Ulbolsyn". The film also featured actors Erken Gubashev and Yerzhan Jamankulov, who worked with Yerzhanov many times.

    The script was written by Adilkhan Yerzhanov and Inna Smailova. Longtime partners of the director - Serik Abishev and Olga Khlashcheva became the producers of the film traditionaly. Their French colleague Guillaume de Ciel became a co-producer.

    The operator of the film is Yerkinbek Ptyraliev, who previously collaborated with Yerzhanov on the films "Hosts" and "Fight of Atbay". Another longtime associate of the director, Ermek Utegenov, became the production designer. The music for the film was created by the well-known Kazakhstani composer Alim Zairov.

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