Yerlan Nurmukhambetov was born in Kazakhstan in 1974, and he has been working as a professor at the National Academy of Arts since 2008. His filmography includes Sunday (15min, 2000) - International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, In Paris (8min, 2001) - Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, Kyz Uhrlau (26min, 2002) - International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Little Hunter (80min, 2011) - San Francisco International Film Festival - Best International Drama, and Walnut tree (81min, 2015) - Busan International Film Festival (New Currents Award), Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (Special Jury Prize, Special Critics Prize), Fajr International Film Festival (Best Film Prize), International Film Festival Innsbruck (Audience Prize).
Julia Kim was born in Russia in 1986. Over her career, she has worked at Kazakhfilms Studios as festival coordinator, and in international cooperation?(2011-2016), Tursunov Films as line producer, and in international cooperation (2014 ? to date), Eurasia International Film Festival, as general manager?(2012-2015), and East Wind in international cooperation (2016 ? to date).
Julia has collaborated with some of the best directors in Kazakhstan, introducing their work to festivals, film critics and archives; including Darezhan Omirbayev, Serik Aprymov, Yermek Tursunov, Nariman Turebayev, Yerlan Nurmukhambetov, and others.
Darezhan Omirbayev renounces making films and turns to photography. It is hard to decipher his reasons through his deadpan expression. But, a chance encounter forces him to question his decision. As he is unable immediately to find the words to explain his choice to a young critic, he agrees to answer the interview in writing.
Meanwhile, the death of an uncle calls him back to his childhood village. Accompanied by his adolescent daughter, he journeys down a road through space and memory.
His photography begins to resonate with introspection and his reevaluation of the modern age and art, as he searches for answers to the questions raised in the interview.