The Kazak film “Adventure” has had its world premier at the Karlovy Vary film festival, in the Czech Republic. It centres on a lonely security guard, Marat, whose monotonous existence is suddenly shattered when he sees a young woman, Mariyam, who appears at the same location every night, drawing him out of his introspection when he has to rescue her. The story is loosely based on a Dostoyevsky tale, White Nights, and its director, Nariman Turebayev is keen to stress that classic Russian literature, like that of Dostoyevsky, Puskin and Tolstoy still appeals to some audiences; though he says they’re neglected by much of contemporary cinema.
Adventure is one of thirty French co-productions at the festival.
Arizona Productions is the Paris-based company behind the film. Its director, Guillaume de Seille, says he`s been trying to work with Turebayev for over a decade.
The film is based on a musical form, a rondo, with a repeated theme.
So, Marat has to repeatedly rescue the mysterious Mariyam, who has been waiting for a missing lover who promised to return. Whether he succeeds in finally winning her over, you’ll have to find out by watching the film. But don’t expect your typical romantic comedy. The director says the film is not aimed at all audiences – but will appeal to those curious about the vibrations of the human soul.