Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

KILLER

 

Year: 1998
Country: France/Russia
Run Time: 75 minutes

"At certain periods a whole generation is faced with two models: it forgets its traditions, losing its defenses and its innocence" - that quote from Hermann Hesse opens this gravely inarguable drama, worthy of comparison to the classic moral scenarios of Robert Bresson. Aseemingly minor auto accident touches off a fateful spiral of calamities for Marat, a young husband and new father in modern Kazakhstan. A driver for a prominent scientist, he requires a good car to keep his small family secure. But there is a new mood, a different "model" in the former USSR. Where once a case like Marat's would be hadnled by the State, it is now every man for himself. Marat finds himself beaten, robbed, and sunk deep in debt to a local loan shark associated with the only force left that commands respect in the emerging free-market territories: the Mob. If he performs a certain serice for his ruthless creditors, Marat will be absolved. It's an offer he can't refuse. Point-blank, uncluttered, and documentary certain of its convictions, KILLER will leave viewers forever marked by its portrait of a misled society where human life is just another commodity to be bought, sold, and taken away. (In Kazakh with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Darezhan Omirbaev

Director
Darezhan Omirbaev

Producer
Jo?l Farges, Elise Jalledeau, Gaziz Shaldybaev

Cinematography
boris Troshev

Editing
R. Beliakova

Principal Cast
Talgat Assetov, Roksana Abouova, Askor Rokhimjanov, Victor Pak

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