// Presented as part of April's Post-Soviet Cinema Series //
Nariman Turebayev / 2014, Karlovy Vary, Eurasia, Turin / 78'
Marat is a young man living and working alone as a security guard in Almaty, a Kazakh city where the weight of a Soviet past is felt in the bulky, obtrusive architecture and a pervasive sense of urban alienation. His life is lonely, monotonous, mundane— until a young woman appears opposite his security post, four nights in a row.
Kazakh filmmaker Nariman Turebayev's third feature film translates the premise of Fydor Dostoyevsky's White Nights to the post-Soviet capital of Almaty, in a subtly brilliant study of modern loneliness and the geography— both physical and spiritual— of the USSR's legacy in Kazakhstan today. Adventure premiered at Karlovy Vary, Turin, and the Eurasia International Film Festival Almaty, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.
In an exclusive interview with Filmatique, Nariman Turebayev discusses the absence of love, a lack of regret for the Soviet era, Kazakhstan's modern mix of culture, and his next projects.
Adventure is a demonstration of how identity and nationhood can be encountered in the ordinariness of the everyday, in the small seemingly insignificant moments of existence, in the quiet emotional and psychological reflection of personal journeys of transition to new states of being.