Section: Spectrum

Griaz Bolshogo Goroda

City Filth

Nariman Turebayev
Kazakhstan, 2017, 92 Min

Sincere and brutal: driven by the pain of losing a loved one, not to mention the all-pervasive injustice and abuse of power that surrounds him, a lone individual resorts to vigilante justice in this no-holds barred drama that doesn't shy from addressing inconvenient questions of ethics.

Short Brothers

"An eye for an eye and the whole world will be blind" sermonises a follower of Ghandi's teachings when he glimpses the bloodied protagonist, only to turn violent himself due to a seemingly harmless incident moments later. In light of the hypocrisy, corruption and plain cruelty that fill the headlines and streets of the film, it's easy to lose yourself in euphoria when the silent avenger takes justice into his own hands.

Rather than blindly glorify the protagonist's campaign of vengeance, the film instead opens up a dialogue on vigilante justice, in the process holding what initially appear to be innocent individuals to account. The nameless protagonist, his stony determination wonderfully brought to life by Askar Mendybayev, is driven by his naturally subjective emotional state and commits irreversible errors in the process. All the while documentary footage of street interviews challenges the audience to take a position on the issue and critically engage with the events depicted. DJ

DCP | Farbe / colour
Nariman Turebayev, Talgat Shagambayev
Chingiz Abirov
Ilya Gariyev
Nariman Turebayev
Yermek Utegenov
Askar Mendybayev, Estella Molokova, Kamilla Nugmanova, Chingiz Kapin, Dina Tasbulatova, Nurlan Zhumagali, Vladimir Chislensky, Baimurat Zhumanov
Serik Abishev, Olga Khlasheva, Aibek Kudabayev
Short Brothers
Short Brothers
Olga Khlasheva
176 Al Farabi Ave
050023 Almaty
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Nariman Turebayev

Nariman Turebayev - born in 1970 in Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. He graduated from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts in 2001 and was selected for the Résidence du Festival programme of the Cannes IFF following the premiere of his short film ANTIROMANTIKA (2001). Since 2016 he has been teaching Film Directing at the Turan University in Kazakhstan.

ANTIROMANTIKA (2001, short)

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