Darezhan Omirbayev - Director
Director and Screenwriter, 1958, Kazakhstan. Acclaimed by Jean-Luc Godard as "one of the most astonishing filmmakers working today", Darezhan Omirbayev studied applied mathematics in Kazakhstan, later embracing cinema and moving to Russia in 1983. After a brief foray into film critic, he directed Kairat, his first feature-film, in 1991, earning the FIPRESCI Prize at the Locarno Film Festival. Endowed with an outstanding sensibility to detail, Omirbayev is able to portray, in every social microcosm that composes his work, the monotony of everyday life in Kazakhstan and the little nothings that define human existence.