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Assault (15) + ScreenTalk with film critics Assiya Issemberdiyeva and Savina Petkova

New East Cinema

Dark image of a masked man

Set in the outskirts of the fictional rural village in Kazakhstan, Assault is an absurdist, chilling look at the maddening hopelessness of living in a corrupted society. 

When an anonymous group of masked gunmen storms a rural school and local authorities prove useless, an unlikely rescue squad takes matters into their own hands.

World-weary maths teacher Tazshy, skilfully embodied by Azamat Nigmanov, and his determined ex-wife Lena (Aleksandra Ravenko) lead the self-organised rescue team. They give themselves 36 hours to prepare an attack but, as is often in Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s films their inadequacy and self-obsession prove to be the real obstacle.

This screening is followed by a ScreenTalk with film critic and journalist Assiya Issemberdiyeva and film critic Savina Petkova.

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Kazakhstan 2022 Dir Adilkhan Yerzhanov 90 min

Please note: Yerzhanov’s film may make for particularly challenging viewing following recent events. This film contains some distressing scenes, including a scene where a child is killed and an image depicting the aftermath of a later killing.


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