In a village in Kazakhstan, detective Bekzat's lazy, cowardly superior assigns him to kill a suspect – a common occurrence in this fearful, corrupt society. The routine job is ruined by fearless journalist Ariana who insists the case be properly investigated. Bekzat, caught in a mafia web of bribery, blackmail and intimidation, sets out with a curious entourage and the necessary reluctance, gradually regaining his moral compass.

This jet-black, comedy-drenched, anti-Hollywood action film consists of carefully framed shots with sometimes almost imperceptible camera movement. The barren corn fields, decrepit police offices and run-down barns provide the backdrop for scenes of grim beauty, for bizarre conversations, extreme violence and developing emotions. The film reveals how a despotic society is based on a vicious circle of fear and greed that can only be interrupted by courage and insight.

Original title
Chyorniy, chyorniy chelovek
Filmmaker
Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Country
Kazakhstan
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
130’
Language
Kazakh, Russian
Producer
Olga Khlasheva, Serik Abishev
Production Company
Short Brothers
Sales
Arizona Productions
Writer
Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Roelof-Jan Minneboo
Cinematography
Aydar Sharipov
Editor
Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Production Design
Yermek Utegenov
Music
Galymzhan Moldanazar
Cast
Daniyar Alshinov, Dinara Baktybayeva, Teoman Khos