Kazakh Director Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s Film Enters Oscar’s Longlist

NUR-SULTAN – Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s “Yellow Cat” drama film entered Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film longlist, reports the Kazakhfilm press service. 

The movie has been recognised by many prestigious awards so far. Photo credit: kazakhfilmstudios.kz

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has received applications from 93 countries in this category this year, which is the highest rate in the history of the award.

“Yellow Cat” is the nineth full feature movie in Yerzhanov’s portfolio, which was filmed by Kazakhstan’s Zerde Film with the country’s Short Brothers and Kazakhfilm studio and French Arizona Productions in the Almaty Region in 2019.

The movie tells the story of Kazakh Bonnie and Clyde. Kermek and Eva are a couple in love, who are trying to leave their criminal activities behind after Kermek comes back to his hometown from prison. Kermek dreams of breaking free with his lover and building his own cinema. He decides to achieve this goal at any cost.

A prominent Russian film critic Anton Dolin highly praised the film, calling it “terribly tender, sweet and somehow touching” in one of his interviews.

“Yellow Cat” first premiered at the 77th Venice International Film Festival in 2020. It was nominated for best movie in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Baltic States at Nika 2021, a Russian analogue of the Oscars, and for Best Director, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design at the 15th Asian Film Awards (AFA).

The movie won numerous awards, such as a Special Prize at the Silk Road International Film Festival in China, Best Director at Batumi International Film Festival, Film scholars’ prize at Moscow Premiere International Film Festival of Commonwealth Countries, Best Narrative Feature Film at Verona International Film Festival and Brugge International Film Festival, and Best Director at Hope International Film Festival in Stockholm.

A frame from the movie. Photo credit: kazakhfilmstudios.kz

Yerzhanov is a member of European Film Academy with Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). He is also a two-time participant of Cannes International Film Festival. Yerzhanov was a member of the international jury of APSA in 2017.

His films “The Gentle Indifference of the World” and “The Owners” were nominated for Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay and Achievement in Cinematography).

The full list of Oscar nominees will be announced on Feb. 8, 2022, and the 94th Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 27, 2022.

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