The Owners

The Owners

Screening Information

BUY TICKETS     Saturday, 13 December – 12.00pm – The Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA



“Kafka meets Kaurismaki in this bleakly funny Kazakh drama.”   The Hollywood Reporter

This biting black comedy about corruption and crookedness in Kazahkstan is the assured third feature from rising writer-director Adilkhan Yerzhanov.

Twenty-five year-old John, his teenage brother Erbol, and their sickly 12-year-old sister Aliya are forced to leave their house in the Kazakh city of Almaty. By luck their mother left them a house in a remote village, but it appears to be on the wish list of the District Officer’s alcoholic brother. Having lived there illegally for 10 years, he has no intention of letting the house go without a fight.

A surreal and dazzling visual tapestry infuses this highly enjoyable revenge tale. Yerzhanov delivers a caustic critique of society’s indifference to injustice, harassment and the pervasiveness of corrupt public authorities. Adilkhan Yerzhanov was winner of the 2013 APSA NETPAC Development Prize, supported by Griffith Film School.