The feature film Ulbolsyn directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov takes part in the main competition program of the 24th Tallinn Film Festival "Black Nights". The festival will take place in the Estonian capital from 13 to 29 of November this year. New films by directors Istvan Szabo, Aleksandr Mindadze and Anna Melikyan are also in competition. The Black Nights screening will be the world premiere of Ulbolsyn, which is Yerzhanov's 10th feature film.
The film was shot this winter in the Almaty region. The production company is Sunny Production (Kazakhstan) with participation of Short Brothers (Kazakhstan) and Arizona Productions (France). The main character, a strong-willed and determined Ulbolsyn lives in the city. Her younger sister Azhar is going to graduate from school in the village of Karatas. Ulbolsyn has big plans for the future of her beloved sister – she saved enough money so that Azhar could enter a prestigious foreign university, which would allow her to make a good career and become free and independent. However, when Ulbolsyn comes to Karatas for Azhar, she discovers that the girl was kidnapped by the local healer Urgen, a highly respected person in the village. He is going to make Azhar his ‘tokal’ – the younger wife. But Ulbolsyn does not intend to leave it this way, and she decisively enters the struggle with the patriarchal world of Karatas…
- This is a very simple story about two sisters who find themselves in a difficult situation. And it is this difficult situation that helps reveal the characters of the heroines. And I congratulate the film's crew on its premiere! - said Adilkhan Yerzhanov.
Assel Sadvakassova who also acted in the main role of Ulbolsyn, acted as a general producer of the film. As a reminder, Sadvakassova previously produced two more works by Yerzhanov – Atbai’s Fight and Yellow Cat. The role of Ulbolyn’s sister, Azhar, is played by young actress Dinara Sagi. Actor Yerbolat Alkozha plays the healer Urgen. The film also features actors Berik Aitzhanov, Sanjar Madi and Daniyar Alshinov. It is noteworthy that Alshinov appears in the episode in the role of detective Bekzat – his character from the film A Dark, Dark Man. Yerzhan Dzhamankulov, Nurbek Mukushev and Yerken Gubashev, who are constantly collaborating with the director, also star in the film.
Ulbolsyn is the first experience of cooperation between director Yerzhanov and DoP Azamat Dulatov. The script was written by Adilkhan Yerzhanov himself. Producers – Serik Abishev and Olga Khlasheva. Co-Producer – Guillaume de Seille. Associate Producer – Philip Cheah. Production designer – Yermek Utegenov. The composer is Alua Orentai.