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The Owners

By Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Country: Kazakhstan

Languages: Kazakh, Russian

Original title: The Owners

Casting: Yerbolat Yerzhan, Aidyn Sakhaman, Aliya Zainalova, Bauyrzhan Kaptagai, Nurbek Mukushev

Production year: 2014

Runtime: 01h33

Production company: Short Brothers LLC

25 year-old John, his teenage brother Erbol, and their sickly 12 year-old sister Aliya, are forced to leave their house in the Kazakh city of Almaty. By luck their mother left them a house in a remote village, where they plan to prepare their comeback. But the house appears to be on the wish list of the District Officer’s alcoholic brother, who has lived there illegally for 10 years. The police will do everything in their power to make the brothers’ lives in the village impossible. Through the alembic of the absurd THE OWNERS depicts routine injustice growing to unexpected cruelty, against a background of general indifference.

Cannes 2014 – Official Selection – Special Screening

Edinburgh IFF 2014

Moscow IFF 2014

Lima IFF 2014

Toronto IFF 2014 – Contemporary World Cinema

Vancouver IFF 2014

Busan IFF 2014

Chicago IFF 2014 – Special Mention for Originality

Warsaw IFF 2014 – Free Spirit Award

Sao Paulo IFF 2014

Cottbus IFF 2014

San Diego Asian FF 2014

Goa IFF 2014

Festival des 3 Continents 2014

Singapore IFF 2014

Ficunam IFF 2015 – Competition

Fribourg IFF 2015 – Competition

Istanbul IFF 2015