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Directed by: Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Runtime: 93 minutes
Language: Kazakh, Russian with English subtitles
GOLD PLAQUE – SPECIAL MENTION FOR ORIGINALITY Chicago International Film Festival 2014
FREE SPIRIT AWARD Warsaw International Film Festival 2014
This playful tragicomedy from festival favourite Yerzhanov, satirises small-town corruption within the framework of folkloric fable. Financial trouble forces three siblings―ex-con John, wannabe Erbol, epileptic Aliya―to move from their big-city house into a remote cottage inherited from their recently deceased mother. However, their decrepit ancestral home is occupied by Zhuba, the District Officer’s alcoholic brother, who having lived there for a decade, refuses to leave, and bullies them in protest. When John seeks legal help, the police turn out to be just some guys dressed in blue, the courts a file cabinet and a man who says, “We’ll contact you in two months.” As homelessness looms and “routine” injustice turns into startling cruelty, the visually rich set-pieces of this Kafkaesque nightmare build with increasing absurdity, climaxing in a village dance number.
For the full Whose House Is This: New Cinema of Central Asia programme, please visit the main programme page here.
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