PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

World premiere

Herd Immunity

Local title
Karjaimmuunsus
Title in Russian
Коллективный иммунитет
Original title
Onbagandar
Director
Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Country
Kazakhstan, France
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
Official Selection
Genre
absurd comedy
Subject
COVID, rular life, people with special needs, humor

Only few directors in the world are capable to make 3 different films in one year. Unstoppable Kazakh workaholic Adilkhan Yerzhanov is one of them. His faithful regular actors Daniar Alshinov (“A Dark-Dark Man”) and Assel Sadvakassova (“Ulbolsyn”) reunite for the funniest comedy of POFF’s Official Selection, intriguingly supported by rare performance of veteran director Bolat Kalymbetov, who is also invited to Tallinn with more serious biographical drama “Mukagali”.

We are back in heavily corrupted lawless Karatas village, which is naturally immune to any honesty and where almost all Yerzhanov’s films are staged. Pandemic lockdown reached even this distant secluded place in the middle of nowhere, but the show of money laundering, scamming deals and illegal vodka business must go on in the shadows of coronavirus, which also must pay bribes to be discovered.

All cops and thugs in Karatas learned their craft from Sidney Lumet, Jean-Pierre Melville, Brian de Palma, Coen Brothers. Local goodly dishonest detective Selkeu adores bribes, supports criminal frauds and lives for a secret dream to choreograph everyone in Karatas for the band of dancers “The Rascals”. He has no choice, but to accomplish dirty deeds of gangster Bola, wannabe the world’s famous movie director.

Improvised dancing with guns & masks comedy offers hilarious approach to film criticism. You better don’t say anything negative to Bolat “Bola” Kalymbetov and don’t ask who is better director (Him or Adilkhan), if you still want to dance one day. Vas Ki Chi…

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Screenwriter
Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Cast
Daniyar Alshinov, Nurbek Mukushev, Yerzhan Zhamankulov, Assel Sadvakassova, Bolat Kalymbetov
Producer
Serik Abishev, Daniyar Alshinov, Ablaikhan Ashimov, Olga Khlasheva
DoP
Yerkinbek Ptyraliyev
Editor
Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Music
Sandro Di Stefano
Production
Short Brothers
Runtime
Language
Kazakh
Subtitles
Estonian, English
Director
Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Ädilhan Jeržanov (snd 1982) võitis 1999. aastal Kasahstani rahvusliku telekanali korraldatud stsenaariumivõistluse, lõpetas filmirežii eriala Kasahstani riiklikus kunstiakadeemias (2009) ning töötas ja täiendas end seejärel New Yorgis. Tänaseks on temast saanud hinnatuim ja viljakaim Kasahstani filmitegija, kelle filmid pälvivad auhindu olulistel rahvusvahelistel filmifestivalidel. Kaks tema filmi – „Omanikud“ (2014) ja „Maailma õrn ükskõiksus“ (2018) – on osalenud Cannes´i võistlusprogrammis, mõlemad filmid on linastunud ka PÖFFil. Tema eelmisel aastal valminud filme „Kollane kass“ ja „Ulbolsõn ‒ üksi kõigi vastu“ näidati samuti PÖFFil. Viimane neist valiti osalema põhivõistlusprogrammi, kus see pälvis NETPACi žürii auhinna kui parim Aasia film. Jeržanov on Euroopa Filmiakadeemia liige.

Rieltor (2011), Stroiteli (2013), Ukkili kamshat (Omanikud, PÖFF 2014), Chuma v aule Karatas (The Plague at the Karate Village, 2016), Nochnoy Bog (2018), Laskovoe bezrazlichie mira (Maailma õrn ükskõiksus, PÖFF 2018), A Dark Dark Man (2019), Boy Atbaya (Atbai's Fight, 2019), Sary mysyq (Kollane kass, PÖFF 2020), Ulbolsyn (Ulbolsõn - üksi kõigi vastu, PÖFF 2020), Onbagandar (Herd Immunity, 2021), Ademoka's Education (2021)

Grand Prix for The Best Film, grant of 20 000 euros from the city of Tallinn

Screenings

iSense hall Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening080102 / Karjaimmuunsus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall Electric Cinema
Screening092204 / Karjaimmuunsus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening161502 / Karjaimmuunsus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Cinema
ScreeningKarjaimmuunsus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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