The Plague at the Karatas Village

Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Surrealistic parable denounces political wrongs in Kazakhstan. The new mayor arrives in an isolated village where the inhabitants are dying of the plague while those in power pocket the money for flu vaccines. Brechtian with a mythical, horror-like undertone.
With Brave Talk in Lantaren Venster 1 on Wed 3 Feb.

When a young mayor arrives in Karatas, a remote village in Kazakhstan, he finds a large part of the population ill. He recognises the symptoms immediately as plague-related. The sufferers, however, insist they have the flu, and that is confirmed by the local authorities, who have for decades pocketed the money for vaccination programmes and let the deadly illness rage on. The newly-appointed mayor resists at first, but is slowly dragged down into a morass of corruption and abuse of power.
Like the film The Owners shown at Cannes, Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s latest film is an indictment of the lawless practices in today’s Kazakhstan, which is understandably known as the ‘Wild East’. His approach is very theatrical. He presents his message in a Brechtian way. The sets are surrealist, the acting is alienating, the undertone mythical. The moral, however, is highly contemporary and crucial. Winner NETPAC Award 2016.



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Filmmaker
Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Kazakhstan
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
86
Language
Kazakh, Russian
Producer
Olga Khlasheva, Serik Abishev
Sales
Olga Khlasheva
Writer
Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Cinematography
Yedige Nessipbekov
Editor
Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Production Design
Yermek Utegenov
Sound Design
Zvon Ldov
Music
UDHA
Cast
Aibek Kudabayev