The Gentle Indifference of the World (Laskovoe Bezrazlichie Mira)
Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Section: World Cinema
Country: Kazakhstan, France | Year: 2018
Language(s): Kazakh, Russian | Time: 100 mins
After her father’s untimely death, Saltanat is forced to trade her idyllic countryside life for the cruel city. She has to find money to pay off the large family debt that her father left behind, in order to save her mother from jail. Friends since their village childhood, her loyal, but penniless admirer Kuandyk follows her just to make sure his sweetheart is safe. Saltanat’s uncle introduces her to a possible groom, who promises to pay off her family’s debts. But Saltanat’s hopes are dashed, when she discovers that the men in this city don’t keep their word. When Kuandyk tries to help Saltanat get the money through other ways, he ends up finding himself in more trouble than he bargained for. Although life keeps dealing them bad hands, Saltanat and Kuandyk never give up, no matter what the odds.
Adilkhan Yerzhanov is a filmmaker and screenwriter. His feature film projects include The Owners (2014), which was an official selection for Cannes Film Festival; The Plague at Kartas Village (2015), History of Kazakh Cinema (2015), and Night God (2018). The Gentle Indifference of the World premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival.