The main heroes of the film are an 11- year-old boy, Talgat, and his 6-year-old sister, Gulya. They live in abject poverty with their parents and a mentally ill uncle in the slums of Almaty. Their parents are heavy drinkers. Their uncle, although 30-years old, behaves like a five-year-old boy. Talgat feels responsible for Gulya, the uncle and himself. These three are like beautiful flowers destined to grow up on the “trash-heap of life.”
CAST & CREW
Ilya Bisserov, Zhanna Issabayeva
Director of Photography
Zhanibek Dinamzhan, Madina Sagdoldina, Kulushmek Kasimbekov, Rinat Burobayev, Asem Artibayeva
Born 1968, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Issabayeva graduated from the journalism faculty of Kazakh State University in 1991. She has successfully worked as a producer and director since 1993. She is the executive producer of the full-length feature films, Last Holidays (1996) and Zhylama (2001). In 2007 she had her debut as a director with the feature film, Karoy,as a scriptwriter, production director, producer and investor. Karoy took part in the Venice Film Festival Critics Week and was nominated for the Best Asian Director 2007 at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Best Cameraman Prize of Khanty-Mansiysk IFF, Russia.
Karoy (2007), My Dear Children… (2009), Losing Innocence in Alma-Ata (2011), Talgat (2012), Nagima (2013).