Schizo (2004) - dvd
  • Director Gulshat Omarova
  • CastOldzhas Nusupbayev, Olga Landina, Eduard Tabishev, Viktor Sukhorukov, Gulnara Yeraliyeva
  • Film Genre Russian Cinema
  • CountryKazakhstan , Russia
  • Language Russian
  • Subtitle English
  • Year2004
  • Runtime86minmins
  • Disc1
  • FormatDVD
  • RegionDVD REGION 1
  • Weight(kg)0.21kg
  • ISBN667443549147
Regular PriceHK$216

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Schizo (2004) - dvd


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Named Best Actor at the 2004 Tokyo International Film Festival, Olzhas Nussuppaev is simply remarkable as the title character in Guka Omarova's outstanding directorial debut, SCHIZO. Set in early 1990s Kazakhstan, the film centers on Mustafa (Nussuppaev), a 14-year-old who is nicknamed Schizo because of a mental handicap that makes him a little different from other kids. Schizo lives with his mother (Gulmara Jeralieva) and her lowlife boyfriend, Sakura (Eduard Tabyschev), who uses Schizo to lure men to fight in a dangerous bare-knuckle gambling ring. Just as one fighter is about to die, he asks Schizo to give the little money that he earned to his wife and son; in doing so, Schizo begins an unusual relationship with Zina (the captivating Olga Landina) and her young boy, Sanzhik (the charming Kanagat Nurtai), who are living a meager existence in a shack at the far end of the remote village. When Schizo brings in a crazy uncle who actually wins an important bout, Sakura gets in deep trouble and decides to use Schizo to get out of it.

Beautifully photographed on location in Almaty, Kazakhstan, by Khasanbek Kydryaliyev, SCHIZO (also known as FIFTY-FIFTY) is a wonderful, unique cinematic experience, a deeply moving, sweetly involving, and subtly powerful portrait of an extraordinary teenager searching for family and his place in the world. Omarova was named Best Female Director at the Copenhagen International Film Festival for this gem of a movie.