Life in Karataş village runs along an untroubled path, until its patriarchal way of life is challenged by Ulbolsyn, a woman whose coldblooded heart and blazing temperament are not afraid of setting everything on fire.
Ulbolsyn, enjoying the freedom of self-actualisation in the big city, has decided to also save her little sister Azhar who is still living in their home village and who is being married off to the local soothsayer to become his youngest wife. While trying to find a way out of the hopelessly closed circle, Ulbolsyn is not helped by the fact that Azhar herself does not wish to be rescued. Azhar does not mind the old age of her future husband Urgen, nor his other wives or the fact that the man has kidnapped her and hidden away from Ulbolsyn. The rest of the sisters’ family are of an equally sceptical opinion, considering the status of a married woman a much more valuable asset that higher education.
As two worlds collide, hearts break and heads roll in a hellishly glamorous spectacle. Every confident step of the characters opens a world where compositions expressively reflect their mental condition and its changes, as well as the colouring range which tells its own story in the role of a detective.
"Ulbolsyn" is a masterfully precise film, the rhythm and style of which boldly break their way through mediocrity and achieve a dazzling result using minimalist tools.
Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award
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Adilkhan Yerzhanov (snd 1982) võitis 1999. a Kasahstani rahvusliku telekanali korraldatud stsenaariumivõistluse, lõpetas filmirežii eriala riiklikus Kasahstani kunstiakadeemias (2009) ning töötas ja täiendas end seejärel New Yorgis. Tänaseks on Yerzhanovist saanud hinnatuim ja viljakaim Kasahstani filmitegijaid, kelle filmid pälvivad auhindu olulistel rahvusvahelistel filmifestivalidel. Kaks tema filmi, „Omanikud“ (2014) ja „Maailma õrn ükskõiksus“ (2018) on osalenud Cannes'i võistlusprogrammis. Mõlemat filmi on näidatud ka PÖFFil. Yerzhanov 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, 2018), A Dark Dark Man (2019), Boy Atbaya (Atbai's Fight, 2019), Sary mysyq (Yellow Cat, 2020), Ulbolsyn (2020)