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Directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov

In a remote village buried in snow, a group of armed masked men seize an elementary school, taking it hostage. While the adults of the school are preoccupied with their own mundane daily routines, the sudden gunshots and students’ screams make them run for their lives. After realizing that the math teacher, Tazshi, did not let his students out of the classroom, he realizes he has to go back. The SWAT team sent from the city will take at least a couple of days to arrive, so Tazshi forms his own rescue team: his ex wife, a town police officer, the principal, an alcoholic war veteran, and local mobsters. Adilkhan Yerzhanov, a prominent Kazakh director, delivers yet another timely film in the universe of Karatas, the fictional village in Kazakhstan.

Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Producers: Aleksandr Plotnikov, Boris Khlebnikov, Natalia Drozd, Anna Tikhonova, Anastasia Kulikova, Akan Sataev, Olga Khlascheva, Serik Abishev, Ablaikhan Ashimov, Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov
Writer: Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Cinematography: Aidar Sharipov
Editor: Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Production Designer: Yermek Utegenov
Composer: Galymzhan Moldanazar
Sound Designer: Ilya Gariev
Music: Galymzhan Moldanazar
Cast: Azamat Nigmanov, Aleksandra Revenko, Nurlan Batyrov, Daniyar Alshinov, Berik Aitzhanov, Nurbek Mukushev, Yerken Gubashev, Teoman Khos, Nurlan Smailov

Dates & Times


Directors Guild of America

Sat, May 7
9:00 pm