Archive of films The Gentle Indifference of the World / Laskovoe bezrazlichie mira

Kazakhstan / France
2018, 100 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2018

Due to her father’s debts, Saltanat must exchange her simple life on the Kazakh steppe for the cynical world of the city, where promises and people have zero value. Kuandyk’s attempt to protect his beloved Saltanat in the cutthroat human jungle is as touching as it is naïve. The story of a powerful, pure love – something we judge as rarely attainable.


After her father’s death, Saltanat is forced to sacrifice her virtue in order to pay off the family debt and save her mother from imprisonment. With her devoted admirer and childhood friend at her side, she sets out for the big city where she is to be sold by a kindly uncle to a solvent groom. But a forced moral compromise will not save the situation, and Saltanat and her faithful knight find themselves in ever more desperate situations. An epic story of pure love as the only true value in a world obsessed with pelf and power. As in the Kafka-Lynchesque The Plague at Karatas Village (2016), Adilkhan Yerzhanov has conjured up an original visual world and set in motion a number of cultural references to current issues, this time around the existential character of Camus and the Shakespearean spirit of the tragic.

Kamila Dolotina

About the director

Adilkhan Yerzhanov (b. 1982, Jezkazgan, Kazakhstan, USSR). Selected filmography: The Owners (Ukkili kamshat, 2014), The Plague at Karatas Village (Chuma v aule Karatas, 2016)


Beta Cinema GmbH
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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Screenplay: Roelof Minneboo, Adilkhan Yerzhanov 
Dir. of Photography: Aidar Sharip
Music: Nurassyl Nuridin
Editor: Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Yedige Nessipbekov
Art Director: Yermek Utegenov
Producer: Olga Khlasheva, Serik Abishev, Akan Sataiev, Ernar Kurmashev, Aliya Mendygozhina
Production: Astana Film Fund, Short brothers
Coproduction: Arizona Films
Cast: Dinara Baktybayeva, Kuandyk Dyussembaev
Sales: Beta Cinema GmbH


Cosima Finkbeiner

Sales Agent

Guillaume De Seille

Producer, Distributor, Sales Agent

Olga Khlasheva



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