The Plague at the Karatas Village
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    The Plague at the Karatas Village

    Chuma v aule Karatas

    Directed by

    Kazakhstan

    2016

    80 min

    • Russian
    • Kazakh

    Drama

    When a young mayor arrives in Karatas, a remote village in Kazakhstan, he finds a large part of the population ill. He recognises the symptoms immediately as plague-related. The sufferers, however, insist they have the flu, and that is confirmed by the local authorities, who have for decades pocketed the money for vaccination programmes and let the deadly illness rage on. The newly-appointed mayor resists at first, but is slowly dragged down into a morass of corruption and abuse of power.

    Awards

    • NETPAC Award - IFFR

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Aibek Kudabayev
    Nurbek Mukushev
    Tolganay Talgat
    Konstantin Kozlov
    Baimurat Zhumanov
    Ademoka
    Arslan Akubayev
    Screenplay
    Adilkhan Yerzhanov
    Cinematography
    Yedige Nessipbekov
    Editing
    Adilkhan Yerzhanov
    Music
    UDHA
    Production
    SHORT BROTHERS
    Adilkhan Yerzhanov

    Adilkhan Yerzhanov

    Kazakhstan

    Adilkhan Yerzhanov was born in 1982 in the Jezkazgan region of Kazakhstan. In 2009, he finished his studies in film directing at the Kazakhstan National Academy of Arts, and was then able to continue his training in New York thanks to a bursary. In 1999, he received accolades for the first Kazakh animation series KOZY-KORPESH AND BAYAN-SULU. He made several shorts and features, among which THE OWNERS (2014), which premiered at Cannes and was subsequently screened and awarded at many film festivals all over the world. THE PLAGUE AT THE KARATAS VILLAGE (2016), had its world premiere at IFF Rotterdam. A DARK DARK MAN (2019) was selected at San Sebastian FF and won the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Achievement in Directing. His film YELLOW CAT (2020) was selected in the Horizons section at Venice IFF. His latest work is the film HERD IMMUNITY (2021), selected at Tallinn Black Nights 2021.

    Selected Filmography