The film Yellow Cat directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov nominated for the prestigious Russia’s Nika Film Award in the category “Best Film of the CIS and Baltics and Georgia”. The film is produced by ZERDE FILMS (Kazakhstan) with participation of Short Brothers (Kazakhstan), “Kazakhfilm” film studios (Kazakhstan) and Arizona Productions (France). The general producers are Assel Sadvakassova, Kanat Bitemirov and Yerbol Toibayev.
This is Yerzhanov's 4th nomination for this award - in previous years the films The Owners, The Plague at the Karatas Village and The Gentle Indifference of the World were nominated.
Yellow Cat is Yerzhanov's 9th full-length feature film. The film had its world premiere last year in the Horizons Section at the 77th Venice International Film Festival. Later the film took part in a number of other festivals and received several awards, including a Special Prize at the Silk Road IFF in China, the Best Director Award at the Batumi Film Festival, and the Jury prize at the “Moscow Premiere” Film Festival.
- This is a great joy and honor, and I am glad that our team's joint efforts did not go unappreciated. I congratulate the whole team of Yellow Cat on another achievement of the film! - Adilkhan Yerzhanov shared his impressions.
The role of Kermek was played by a 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.