The feature film "Yellow Сat" directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov will take part in the 77th Venice Film Festival’s “Horizons” competition section. One of the world’s largest and the most prestigious festivals will be held in full live format this year on September 2-12.
The international jury of "Horizons" will be headed by one of the brightest representatives of modern French auteur cinema, a director and writer Claire Denis ("Beau Travail"," Let the Sunshine In", "High Life").
"Yellow Cat" was made by ZERDE FILMS (Kazakhstan) with the participation of Short Brothers (Kazakhstan), Kazakhfilm Studio (Kazakhstan) and Arizona Productions (France).
The film "Yellow Cat" is the 9th full-length feature film of Adilkhan Yerzhanov. The film was shot in Almaty region last year. The general producers are Assel Sadvakassova, Kanat Bitemirov and Yerbol Toibayev.
"For me, Kermek is the kindest one among all of the characters we have created, and it is noteworthy that he appeared in such a difficult time. Of course, I am happy about being selected in “Horizons”. I think that today the live format of the Venice Film Festival is the best premiere for any film. I want to thank the Festival’s team and the Selection Committee for this opportunity,” - said Adilkhan Yerzhanov.
The film tells the story of Kazakh "Bonnie and Clyde". After serving a prison sentence, the young man Kermek returns to his hometown, where a criminal group has established its ruthless laws. Eva is Kermek's girlfriend. Under the pressure of bandits, she finds herself on a bad path. Kermek himself is mired in crime, but does not stop dreaming of breaking free with his beloved and building a movie theater. He decides to achieve this goal at any cost…
The role of Kermek was played by the Russian actor Azamat Nigmanov, known for his roles in films "The Convoy" by Aleksey Mizgiryov and "Panfilov’s 28 Men" by Andrey Shalopa. The role of Eva was played by a young Kazakhstani actress Kamila Nugmanova, who previously starred in the films "Dirt of the Big City" by Nariman Turebaev and "The Cloud on the Roof" by Alisher Suleimenov. For both actors "Yellow Cat" was the first experience of cooperation with director Adilkhan Yerzhanov. The role of the crime boss Zhambas was played by the actor Sanjar Madi, who had previously collaborated with Yerzhanov in the films "Atbai’s Fight" and
"Ulbolsyn". The film also featured actors Erken Gubashev and Yerzhan Zhamankulov, who worked with Yerzhanov many times.
The script was written by Adilkhan Yerzhanov and Inna Smailova. Longtime partners of the director - Serik Abishev and Olga Khlasheva - as always became the producers of the film. Their French colleague Guillaume de Seille became a co-producer.
The DoP of the film is Yerkinbek Ptyraliev, who had previously worked with Yerzhanov on the films “The Owners” and “Atbai’s Fight”. The production designer is Yermek Utegenov, another permanent associate of the director. The music for the film was created by the well-known Kazakhstani composer Alim Zairov.