inspired by a photo book
Director: Yerlan Nurmukhambetov
Producer: Julia Kim
Lead actor: Darezhan Omirbayev as himself
Facing mid-life and creative crisis, Kazakh director Darezhan Omirbaev renounced making films. A young film critic wants to understand his decision. Omirbaev reluctantly accepts to answer his questions during a visit to the remote village where he grew up.
In Kazakhstan, as in an increasing number of places, to direct a film that embeds a personal vision is more and more challenging. Would you finally succeed crafting one, engaging an audience often remains a remote goal.
For more than a decade digital images became increasingly accessible.The stream of images never stops. Everyone is recording videos stepping out of their homes. Even at home. Sometime those videos are deleted immediately, at home.
Recording video is daily routine while making a film is harder than ever.
In the same moment there are still some remote settlements in Kazakhstan where people live a very different abstracted life. They don’t have any concern about digital progress or cinema. That life attracts a film director to return to this disappearing village again and again.
With this new project, Silence, I intend to capture through a portrait of director Darezhan Omirbaev, a picture of film creation in this early 21st century.
Darezhan Omirbaev, once a valued film director, renounce making films and turn to photography. Through his sad clown’s deadpan expression, hard to decipher his motives. He goes to the little village where he spent his childhood. A young film critic forces him to question that decision and folows after director to the faraway village.
As Darezhan can’t immediately find the words to explain him his choice, but he accepts young critic to join him and to discuss this during the trip.
Darezhan travels through space and memories, taking pictures of things and men along his journey. A train ride, a folk celebration of birth, visions of rural life and disappearing generation and culture… His pictures start to resonate with his introspection and interrogations about modernity and art, as he tries to find answers to the questions the young critic raises.
Three distinct storylines will coexist in the film :
- The main storyline, in a classic “transparent” manner, observes Darezhan’s visit to his native village in the remote countryside of Kazakhstan.
- The secondary storyline describes the rural life he observes on his way. This is shot in a documentary manner, but very choreographed. It is punctuated by the photos Darezhan collects on the way.
- Aybek, the student who observes Darezhan’s creation process and notices the parallels between the rural life and director’s films, is again shot with the transparent classic focus.
The film rhythm emerges from the oppositions between the classical transparent manner of the stories of the master and student, and the subjective observations of the country life, which will have a clinic documentary sharpness.
Camera work will mostly be executed on tripod and light rails, with maybe the very punctual use of a camera crane.
Natural light will be favored as much as possible.
Music in the film will be minimal and mostly from external sources (TV, radio…).
Sound work will be direct and realist to transcribe as accurately as possible impressions from the city and countryside.
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