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New East Cinema: A Dark, Dark Man (18*)

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In rural Kazakhstan, an unprincipled detective is compelled to expose deeply engrained corruption following a boy’s murder in this brilliant film noir.

Bekzat is a violent, corrupt cop used to wrapping up cases quickly, regardless of whether or not a suspect is guilty. When a local boy is found murdered, a vulnerable suspect is put forward by his superiors and it looks like it will be business as usual. Then a journalist turns up, determined to ensure Bekzat follows the rule of law…

Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s moving, masterly thriller is a stunning noir laced with pitch black comedy, with starkly beautiful set pieces from the opening shot. The acting is excellent, while the corrosive culture of intimidation and bribery, and the near-impossible challenges of overthrowing it, is superbly depicted.

Kazakhstan 2019 Dir Adilkhan Yerzhanov 130 min

Barbican Cinema has been supported by the Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England which is administered by the BFI, as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund supporting arts and cultural organisations in England affected by the impact of Covid-19. #HereForCulture.

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