Programme 2018

The Gentle Indifference of the World (Laskovoe Bezrazlichie Mira)

Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov


Asia Premiere

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.

Director's Bio

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.