After her father’s untimely death, Saltanat is forced to trade her idyllic countryside life for the cruel city. She has to find money to pay off the large family debt that her father left behind, in order to save her mother from jail. Friends since their village childhood, her loyal, but penniless admirer Kuandyk follows her just to make sure his sweetheart is safe. Saltanat’s uncle introduces her to a possible groom, who promises to pay off her family’s debts. But Saltanat’s hopes are dashed, when she discovers that the men in this city don’t keep their word. When Kuandyk tries to help Saltanat get the money through other ways, he ends up finding himself in more trouble than he bargained for. Although life keeps dealing them bad hands, Saltanat and Kuandyk never give up, no matter what the odds.
CAST & CREW
Olga Khlasheva, Serik Abishev, Akan Sataiev, Ernar Kurmashev, Aliya Mendygozhina
Roelof Minneboo, Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Director of Photography
Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Yedige Nessipbekov
Dinara Baktybayeva, Kuandyk Dyussembaev
Astana Film Fund Short Brothers Guillaume de Seille Arizona Films
Film director and scriptwriter. He was born in Djezkazgan city, Kazakhstan. In 2009, he graduated from Kazakh National Academy of Arts, as Film Director. Adilkhan Yerzhanov is participant of Berlinale Talents-2014 and Member of the APSA (Asia-Pacific Screen Awards) Academy. He made many shorts and then completed, both as scriptwriter and film director, full-length feature films and one documentary. His film The Gentle Indifference of the World was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes IFF.
The Owners (2014), The Plague at the Karatas Village (2016), Night God (2018), The Gentle Indefference of the World (2018).