The Gentle Indifference of the World Adilkhan Yerzhanov

National Premiere

Cinematic Menu Inspired by the Film

Performatic presentation of the Cinematic Menu

International Competition

Drama – KZ/FR, 2018, 100' – V.O.: Cazaque, Russo – Subtitles: Portuguese, English


Following the premature death of her father, Saltanat is forced to trade in her idyllic life in the countryside for the city. In order to save her mother from prison, she has to find money to pay off the great family debt that her father left after dying. She is accompanied and protected on this trip by her friend Kuandyk. But Saltanat and Kuandyk rebel against that strange and unfair world, and they do so as in Camus’s The Rebel: ‘All the generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present’. The film’s title comes from The Stranger – it is a quote from towards the end of Camus’ novel, when the protagonist Meursault accepts his end with equanimity. The film is a beautiful materialization of the literature and philosophy of Albert Camus. Its characters are searching for meaning in a world which seems absurd to a certain human logic, human life being, simply, as white cotton flowers spread through the fields of Kazakhstan.