Join us Sunday September 8 at the Main SFPL for a free screening of acclaimed Kazakh director Darezhan Omirbayev's Dostoyevsky-inspired Student (2012).
"Can a crime set you free? For the sullen young man at the center of Student, directed by the Kazakh filmmaker Darezhan Omirbayev, an experimental act of violence seems to yield moral clarity. Set in modern-day Kazakhstan, where the quiet is broken only by brutishness, this classically shot and edited film is a spare yet entrancing tale drawn with precise strokes.
Mr. Omirbayev takes his inspiration from Dostoyevsky's
Crime and Punishment, much as he distilled "Anna Karenina" for his previous feature,
"Chouga" (which appeared in the New York Film Festival). His Raskolnikov, a hunched loner, peers through clunky glasses at the people whose lives he crosses--a thuggish driver, a convenience-store clerk, a babushka landlady--until an encounter with a poet and then his family seems to set off something inside.
From one perspective, the young man is lashing out at the hard venality of the post-Soviet world, which, from the opening scene on, periodically wreaks havoc. Mr. Omirbayev suggests as much, with classroom sequences in which university professors lecture on the survival of the fittest and the conscience of the soul. But it's the no-nonsense filmmaking, seamlessly integrating even dreams and visions, that keeps us fixed on the bold line of the student's trajectory, all the way through to a transcendent ending." --New York Times
Student concludes SFPL's Global Lens World Cinema series (July 7-September 8).
SFPL info: www.sfpl.org
12:45 Meet at the Main San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin St.), Lower Level, in the Library Cafe.
12:55 Take our seats in the adjacent the Koret Auditorium. The film starts at 1:00.
2:30 Post-film discussion facilitated by John.
3:00 Move across the street to Gyro King (25 Grove St.) for coffee and more conversation.