Director: Darezhan Omirbayev / Kazakhstan / 2012 / 90 mins
Synopsis: The film is based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky “Crime and Punishment.” A student of the Philosophy Faculty suffers from a lack of money and loneliness. One day the owner of the store and one usual shopper became student‘s crime victims. The sense of guilt grew in his mind. Gradually, the student realized that he had done crime and comes to the police and gave up. The film depicts the violent crime, spurred on by a post-Soviet order characterized by growing inequality, institutional corruption and a ruthless ethic.
Direction & Screenplay Darezhan Omirbayev
Production A Kazakfilms, Kazak Ministry of Culture, Kadam presentation
Camera Boris Troshev
Cinematography Boris Troshev
Music Baurzhan Kuanyshev
Sound Iliya Biserov
Cast Yedyge Bolysbayev, Maiya Serkibayeva, Bakhytzhan Turdaliyeva
Director Biography: Darezhan Omirbayev was born in the Dzhambul Province of the Soviet Union (now Kazakhstan) in 1958. His debut feature, Kairat, won the Silver Leopard and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Locamo Film Festival in 1992, and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Strasbourg Film Festival in 1993. His third feature, Killer, won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998. Student is his sixth feature film.