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1:29:06 | 2012

Categories: Drama, Foreign, Crime

In the shabby suburbs of Almaty, Kazakhstan, an impoverished philosophy student commits a shocking and violent crime, spurred on by postmodern musings and a post-Soviet order characterized by growing inequality, institutional corruption, and a ruthless ethic of “eat or be eaten.“ Freely adapting Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Darezhan Omirbayev (1992's Kairat, winner of the Locamo Film Festival Silver Leopard; and 1998's Killer, winner of the Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Prize) employs his characteristically elegant and spare directorial style to great effect. The filmmaker roots his nameless student in the losing segment of Kazakhstan’s new capitalist era, whose population watches the rich rise by ignoring the law and old-fashioned communal values. Omirbayev’s brooding and solitary protagonist may be the willing student of the age, but he alone reckons with the consequences of his actions—a gesture strikingly at odds with a world losing a consistent concept of justice. "Puts to rest any notion among the world’s intellectuals and literary folk that adaptations of Dostoevsky’s great Crime and Punishment have been exhausted.“ —Screen Daily. STUDENT is presented in Kazakh and Russian with English subtitles. This film is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection, presented by the Global Film Initiative. 


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December 15, 2015
This guy is the Napoleon Dynamite of Kazakhstan!