Sound : Zinaida MUKHAMEDZHANOVA Music : S. GUBAJDULINA Cast : Ismail IGILMANOV, Yuri GOROSHEVSKY, K. SARSENBEKOV, A. CHUZHEGULOV, Zibagul KARINA
During an operation, a surgeon notices number 20 tattooed on his
patient’s hand. He then recognizes his childhood neighbour and recalls
their life in Almaty during the fifties when they stayed at number 20
of the same building. They grew up together at the end of Stalinism
among adults full of contradictions, brave and coward at the same
He dreams of the balcony which used to be their shelter.
This film, whose scenario was written by famous Kazakh poet and
writer Oljas Suleimenov, is the pioneer film of the Kazakh New Wave.
The film appeals in its freedom of language to portray the destiny of a
whole generation - those who were children in the fifties -, but also in
its incised evocation of the generation Salykov belongs to also chasing
after its dream. "Balcony" became an essential film for several generations
of Kazakh film-makers, as well as an inspiration both on
the level of form and content.
Festival de Vesoul, 2012