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NOVEMBER 15>23, 2024, Nantes - France

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The Owners

by Adilkhan YERZHANOV

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Just-out-of-jail John and his would-be actor brother, Yerbol, together with their ailing young sister Aliya arrive from Almaty to settle in the small country house belonging to their deceased mother. Unsurprisingly, they receive a cool welcome given that the current alcoholic occupier – the epitome of a boozed-soaked post-Sovietism – is fortunate enough to be the brother of the local police chief… Less refined and lapidary than Constructors, Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s previous film of a similar vein, The Owners ventures more forthrightly into a sometimes Kafka-like tragicomedy with slapstick moments (a frenzied dance at a funeral) and relentlessly takes the absurd vengefulness set in motion by the chilly reception of the three orphans to its logical conclusion. Present at the Cannes Special Screenings, and compared to Aki Kaurismaki, the Kazakh director says that he takes his inspiration from the composition and chromaticism of Vincent Van Gogh. The original mix of fixed angles, extreme close-ups on suddenly foregrounded objects and the angle chosen for certain portraits that have a striking symmetry give some of the shots the quality of tableaux vivants.


  • Titre français
    The Owners
  • Titre international
    The Owners
  • Scénario
    Adilkhan Yerzhanov
  • Photo
    Yerkinbek Ptyraliyev
  • Montage
    Adilkhan Yerzhanov
  • Son
    Alexander Sukharev
  • Musique
    Andrei Dubodelov, Mikhail Sokolov, Alexander Sukharev
  • Interprétation
    Yerbolat Yerzhan, Aidyn Sakhaman, Aliya Zainalova, Bauyrzhan Kaptagai
  • Distribution
    Urban Distribution Int :
  • Support de projection
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