World premiere: 51st International Film Festival Rotterdam

Awards: Grand-Prix and Critics Prize at the Polar Fim Festival in Reims, 2022

Year: 2022

Directed by: Adilkan Erzhanov

Written by: Adilkan Erzhanov

Cast: Azamat Nigmanov, Aleksandra Revenko, 
Nurlan Batyrov

Music: Galymzhan Moldanazar 

Produced by:

Look Film, Forest Film, Shortbrothers, JSC Kazakhfilm, Nomad Stunts

Language: Russian, Kazakh

Genre: Thriller 

Country: Kazakhstan 



A group of unidentified people who look like terrorists seize a village school in Karatas. They take the children hostage but make no demands. Local police cannot request reinforcements from the city because a snowstorm has disrupted communication.  

Meanwhile, the “terrorists” kill the first hostage. TAZSHI – a local teacher – cannot idly wait for help to arrive. He assembles an assault team made up of parents whose children were taken hostage. At night, they must plan their attack and take responsibility for it. The children’s lives depend on a district police officer, an Afghan veteran, an alcoholic, a PE teacher, a school principal, Tazshi and his ex-wife.



Adilkhan Yerzhanov is one of the most renowned Kazakh filmmakers. At 38, he has already made 11 films (including  The Owners, The Plague at the Karatas Village and A Dark, Dark Man) that received dozens of awards at various festivals. Assault is his twelfth picture.

The film continues to develop the universe of Karatas village – a miniature allegorical copy of the country and the world at large. 


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