Not Quite Borat

When: Sat., Aug. 31, 9:40 p.m. 2013

In this Kazakh cinematic update of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, a modern day film student in Almaty (the Kazakh capital) commits a series of senseless felonies to achieve a modicum of moral clarity. The director, this Kazakh big shot called Darezhan Omirbayev, is all about minimalism in his acclaimed earlier work, but he’s not above broad strokes here. The film is shot in all of Kazakhstan’s post-Soviet somberness, and paints a grander cultural picture of a nation disemboweled by modern influences: “range rovers, banal soap operas and other ephemeral pleasures,” according to one critic. It screens this evening at 9:40 and tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $9. (Allard)

Price: $9

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