Prolific Kazakh filmmaker Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s first eight films were often selected by international film festivals, two of which in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, but none of them has been screened in Italy so far. In this film, a young boy runs away from his village following a petty crime and starts a new life far from home. He wants everyone to know he can do a great Alain Delon impression: his specialty is the character in Le Samouraï, although he’s probably never seen the whole film. Along the way, he meets a young prostitute he would like to open a theater with. The story pays tribute to the French New Wave by reinventing the slapstick comedy genre with a Kazakh-Western touch.
Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Djekazgan, Kazakhstan, 1982) is a Kazakh filmmaker and screenwriter. He directed several short and full-length films. In 2014 his film THE OWNERS won the Gold Plaque - Special Mention for Originality at the Chicago International Film Festival. In 2018, his film THE GENTLE INDIFFERENCE OF THE WORLD is at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section. In 2019 his feature film A DARK-DARK MAN won the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Achievement in Directing.