Adilkhan Yerzhanov's feature film "Goliath" was included in the competition list of the Orizzonti Extra ("New Horizons") program at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, QazMonitor reports citing Kazakhfilm.
The artistic director of the Venice Biennale, Alberto Barbera, made the announcement today during the online presentation of the festival program.
Orizzonti Extra showcases the major trends in world cinematography and introduces directors from around the world. Projects of different genres and formats will be evaluated by a jury of spectators who will award the prize for the best film. According to the organizers of the festival, this year will feature seven films in this category.
The festival will be held on the island of Lido from August 31 to September 10.
The plot of the Kazakh-Russian picture "Goliath" is set in the village of Karatas, which has long been under the authority of the cruel and impulsive Poshayev. He provides the locals with shelter and work yet mercilessly executes anyone who dares to go against him. The story tells the fate of the family of a poor man, Arzu, whose wife reports the crimes in Karatas to the police.
The movie was shot in the suburbs of Almaty last summer. Renowned Kazakh actors Berik Aitzhanov, Daniyar Alshinov, Almira Tursyn and Yerken Gubashev starred in the film. Russian actors Dmitry Chebotarev and Alexandra Revenko also took part in the motion picture.
It should be noted that Yerzhanov's other film "Yellow Cat" was shown in the Horizons program at 77th Venice Film Festival.