The Assault (Shturm)

Adilkhan Yerzhanov / Kazakhstan


Cinemes Girona

04-11-2022, 18:00 h.

Film Information

Year: 2022

Duration: 90'

Language: Russian, Kazakh

Genre: Drama


Masked figures with machine guns march into the secondary school in Karatas, take the pupils hostage, and execute one of them. They make no demands. Silent terror is their modus operandi. Seeing as the army will take two days to arrive due to a snowstorm, math teacher Tazshi decides to assemble his own assault team: his ex-wife, the gym teacher, the cowardly school principal, an alcoholic night watchman, the village idiot, and an incompetent chief of police.


Adilkhan Yerzhanov (1982, Kazakhstan) trained as a filmmaker at the Kazakhstan National Academy of Arts. Yerzhanov has twice participated in the Official Program of the Cannes Film Festival with The Owners (2014) and The Gentle Indifference of the World (2018). The Plague at the Karatas Village had its world premiere at IFFR 2016. Yerzhanov won the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Achievement in Directing for his A Dark, Dark Man (2019).