Assault

  • 90'
  • Kazakhstan
  • 2022

Masked figures with machine guns march into the secondary school in Karatas, take the pupils hostage, and execute one of them. They make no demands. Silent terror is their modus operandi. Seeing as the army will take two days to arrive due to a snowstorm, maths teacher Tazshi decides to assemble his own assault team: his ex-wife, the gym teacher, the cowardly school principal, an alcoholic night watchman, the village idiot, and an incompetent chief of police.

What follows is no traditional action film, but a thriller with snatches of comedy, in which the enemy isn’t hidden behind masks, but is in the minds of the liberators. Before they act, they have to overcome their personal demons. Comparisons to the school hostage-takings in Beslan and Kazan are obvious, yet Karatas – the mythical village where much of director Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s work is set – could be anywhere. It is universally acknowledged that crises bring out people's true natures.

Director
Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Countries of production
Kazakhstan, Russia
Production Year
2022
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
90'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Russian, Kazakh
Producers
Alexander Plotnikov, Boris Khlebnikov, Natalia Drozd, Olga Khlasheva, Serik Abishev
Production Companies
Short Brothers, Look Film, Forest Film
Sales
Riverlet Films
Screenplay
Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Cinematography
Aidar Sharipov
Editor
Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Production Design
Ermek Utegenov
Sound Design
Ilya Gariev
Music
Galymzhan Moldanazar
Cast
Azamat Nigmanov, Aleksandra Revenko, Nurlan Batyrov, Daniyar Alshinov, Berik Ajtzhanov, Nurbek Mukushev