NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s film “Shturm” (Assault) won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 38th Los Angeles Asia-Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) held from May 5-13, the Kazakhfilm press service reported.
The film tells the story of a school located in a fictional remote village in Kazakhstan called Karatas, which is seized by a group of armed men. Although the school children are taken hostage, the masked criminals make no demands. Seeing that the army will take two days to arrive due to a snowstorm, math teacher Tazshi forms his own rescue team: his ex-wife, a gym teacher, a cowardly school principal, a former alcoholic fighter, a city policeman and mobsters.
Earlier in April, the film had received the Grand Prize and the Critics’ Prize at the second Reims International Crime Film Festival. It also entered the main program of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), which was held from January 26 to February 6 this year.
The film was produced by Kazakh studios Short Brothers and Kazakhfilm as well as Kazakh team Nomad Stunts and with support from Russian film companies LOOK FILM and FOREST FILM.
Established in 1983, LAAPFF is Southern California’s largest film festival. The festival, which showcases films by and about Asian and Pacific Islanders around the world, was recently named one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world in 2021 by MovieMaker Magazine.