The film is based on “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Action takes place in modern Kazakhstan. The film’s protagonist is The Student whose major at the university is philosophy. He rents a basement room from an old woman living in the suburbs and suffers from a permanent lack of money and loneliness. The Student is stressed by the surrounding atmosphere of poverty and the ideology of total survival competition, the division of people into rich and poor, strong and weak… Influenced by all these, The Student decides to rob the nearest convenience store where he buys some bread time to time…
Darezhan Omirbaev’s 8th feature “Student” is in “Un Certain Regard” section at 65th Cannes Film Festival. This is the third Cannes participation for the Kazakh master. In 1998, his film “Killer” won “Prix Un Certain Regard”, in 2001 he again participated in this section with his feature “Zhol” (’The Road”).
Darezhan Omirbaev was born in Kazakhstan, Dzhambul (current Taraz) city, on March, 15 of 1958. In 1980 graduated from Kazakh State University, major – maths. In 1987 graduated from VGIK in Moscow, Russia, major – film history. Has worked as an editor at “New Film” magazine, and also as Editor-in-Chief at “Film Fan “magazine.
Currently a lecturer at Kazakh Academy of Arts .
Was awarded with “Kurmet” award (Kazakhstan), “Commander of the Order of Arts and Literature” ( France).