Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s movie follows two young villagers, Saltanat (Dinara Baktybayeva), and her impoverished admirer Kuandyk (Kuandyk Dussenbaev). The lovers are forced to leave their countryside homes for the big city in an attempt to save Saltanat’s mother from jail.
Producers are Astana Film Fund and Short Brothers in co-production with Zoology and In Bloom outfit Arizona Productions. The director’s previous films include The Owners, which also debuted in Cannes.
Benicio Del Toro presides over this year’s Un Certain Regard jury. In Cannes, Munich-based Beta Cinema is also launching Icelandic feature Woman At War, which plays in Critics’ Week. It has market screenings for The Happy Prince, Rupert Everett’s directorial debut and Emily Atef’s 3 Days in Quiberon.