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by Sharipa Urazbayeva



Director: Sharipa Urazbayeva

Script: Sharipa Urazbayeva

Cinematographer: Samat Sharipov

Editing: Farhat Mametkurbanov

Sound: Dmitry Pushkaruk

Cast: Meruert Sabbusinova, Almas Bektibayev, Hamza Koksebek, Edige Ahmet

Production: Star_kz, Tandem Production

Jasmina Vignjevic
tél. +38765659214

Year: 2019

Screening: 2020

DCP, Color, 75 min, 
OV Kazakh witth English and French Electronic Subtitles

Locarno, Toronto and Busan International Film Festivals 2019

French Premiere

Mariam lives with her husband and four young children in a home without light and water in Eginsu, a far-away village nestled on the Kazakh Steppe. On a winter day, the husband disappears without a trace. Because there is no body, he cannot officially be declared dead and as a result, Mariam cannot receive state financial support. Alone, Mariam, a very reserved person who buries her emotions deep inside, must take survival into her hands. Then, after the passing of time, just as everything has begun falling into place, her husband suddenly returns as if nothing has happened, expecting life to continue as before.

Mariam”, Sharipa Urazbayeva's stunning debut is inspired by real events in the life of Meruert Sabbusinova, a woman she visited as part of a news segment while working for a local TV channel. Determined to tell her story after the meeting, Urazbayeva wrote the script and started pre-production within the week. When envisioning an actor for the part, she couldn’t imagine anyone for Mariam other than Meruert herself.

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