Darezhan Omirbayev
Kazakhstan 2012
90 min

You cannot look away from this film, as you can’t look away from any of Darezhan Omirbayev’s films, for each and every shot of the Kazakh director is quietly but powerfully charged. STUDENT is liberally yet efficiently adapted from “Crime and Punishment”. The hero isn’t finding his way in a new society, he’s lamentably stuck in his way, an improverished and seemingly ineffectual youth. In response to the bankers and playboys roaming the streets in Range Rovers adorned with gorgeous female passengers and pumping club music while he sleeps in a cramped basement apartment, cannot afford the rent and is lectured to on social Darwinism at school, the student decides to act upon the world violently.

The stone-faced student is the film’s center and renders it the most desolate and anguished of Omirbayev’s works, intent on the anguish of the young man who sees action against the world as the only valid response to social, material impotence. (Daniel Kasman)




  • Nurlan Baitasov - Student
  • Maya Serikbayeva - Saniya
  • Edige Bolysbayev - Dichter
  • Bakhytzhan Turdaliyeva - Mutter
  • Aruzhan Sain
  • Amangeldy Aitaly
  • Asel Sagatova
  • Darezhan Omirbayev
  • Darezhan Omirbayev
  • Boris Troshev
  • Iliya Biserov
  • Darezhan Omirbayev
  • Baurzhan Kuanys

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