Little Brother (Kenzhe, Yermek Tursunov, Kazakhstan, 2015)
Age Rating: 15
85 minutes, European premiere
Screening at Regent Street Cinema
Language: Kazakh with English subtitles
Director: Yermek Tursunov
Screenwriter: Yermek Tursunov
Producer: Alexander Vovnyanko
Cinematographer: Sergei Kozlov
Music: Kuat Shildebayev
Cast: Zhandos Aibassov, Ainur Niyazova, Mikhail Khmurov, Eduard Ondar, Olga Zaitseva
Single film ticket prices: Adults £11; Senior/Student/Unemployed/Associate cardholders £10; Children under 16: £7
Special price for double bills (to include 40 Days of Silence): Adults £15; Senior/Student/Unemployed/Associate cardholders £13; Children under 16 £10
Regent Street Cinema Members and University of Westminster students and staff have special rates and these can be seen on the Regent Street Cinema website here.
Kenzhe (which means ‘Little Brother’) is a professional hitman who executes contracts commissioned by his elder sibling received as cryptic messages via mobile phone. We never learn his true name, or where the paths of agent and client diverged after they left their rural village together as children and headed to the city in search of adventure and prosperity.
His relationship with his own young son reveals another side to this cold-hearted professional, but family ties get more complicated after a bungled job, when an order is put out for his execution and he finds himself trailed by a beautiful, mysterious blue-eyed assassin.
Filmmaker, screenwriter, novelist and one-time athlete Yermek Tursunov (b. 1961) describes his most recent film as the culmination of a trilogy that began with his debut The Daughter-in-Law (Kelin, 2009) and continued with The Old Man (Shal, 2012), which explores the historical trajectory of Kazakh society through the natural trilogy of father, mother and son and the geographical settings of mountains, steppes and city.
The alienating, hypermodern and cosmopolitan urban backdrops to Little Brother’s sleek tale of savage sibling rivalry might cast a cynical eye on where the country is heading, but the high production values, powerful performances and deft action sequences indicate a particularly golden future for its national cinema.
+ Line Producer Diana Ashimova in attendance for a Q&A after the screening
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