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The Owners Rated 15

The Owners

Dir. Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Kazakhstan, 2014. 1h 30m. Kazakh/subs. Starring Yerbolat Yerzhan, Aidyn Sakhaman, Aliya Zainalova.

A tragic black comedy about three orphaned siblings battling with a corrupt local police chief over ownership of their mother’s ancestral home. The screening will be introduced with a short talk from Dr Rico Isaacs on his book Film and Identity in Kazakhstan: Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture in Central Asia and followed by a Q&A with the prize-winning director Adilkhan Yerzhanov.

A free Think Human Festival event organised by Oxford Brookes University.
Friday 25 May, 2–5pm. Get your tickets here.

'This highly stylized, blackly comic low-budget drama is a biting piece of social criticism' Alissa Simon, Variety

'Kafka meets Kaurismaki in this bleakly funny Kazakh drama' Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter