Yerzhanov's The Owners included in Asian Cinema 100 by BIFF05 september 2015, 00:05
The Owners tell a story of two brothers and their sickly sister trying to retain the house left by their mother despite eviction attempts of local villagers. The village located not far from the city lives according to its own rules created by locals and the district police. The brothers are not willing to leave the house without a fight.
Yerzhanov did a brilliant job in brining a simple story with a powerful message. The film bravely ridicules bureaucracy through absurdity, seriousness and tragedy all blended together perfectly in The Owners.
The Owners premiered at the Special Screenings of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. The film took part in a great number of international film festivals since then. However, despite the international fame, Yezhanov's film along with another masterpiece Harmony Lesson by Emir Baigazin was harshly criticized by the Minister of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly. The Minister called Yerzhanov and Baigazin's films a disgrace for the country.
Disgrace or pride, Yerzhanov's The Owners was included in the 100 best Asian films in Busan.
Prominent film studies scholars, film directors, festival executives and other acclaimed film industry professionals offered their top 10 Asian films. In the end, 100 best films were chosen.
Japanese filmmakers Ozu Yasujiro with Tokyo Story and Kurosawa Akira with Rashomon topped the list. Wong Kar Wai took the third place with In the Mood for Love. The top ten films from 100 best Asian films will be screened at the Bussan International Film Festival.
The Asian Cinema 100 project aims to shed the light on the masterpieces of Asian cinematography. According to the organizers, the list will be updated every 5 years to reflect the aesthetic values and history of Asian cinematography as well as to uncover unknown works and film directors.
By Gyuzel Kamalova