THE WOUNDED ANGEL (RANENYY ANGEL)
In the dry, austere beauty of a small Kazakh village, the dreams of four adolescent boys are challenged by the harsh realities of post-Soviet life. For Zharas, the shame of having a thief for a father drives a fierce self-righteousness that leads to an unexpected twist; for sensitive Chick, the breaking of his stunning, preternatural singing voice unleashes a simmering rage and sends him into dangerous emotional terrain; intense loner Toad scavenges metals from an abandoned mine, soon finding himself in the company of a strange band of underground dwellers; and studious Aslan, the pride of the village, finds his hopes of a medical school scholarship jeopardized by an unplanned pregnancy, and his illusions devastatingly shattered. With otherworldly cinematography by HOLY MOTORS lenser Yves Cape, director/writer Emir Baigazin's follow-up to his staggering debut HARMONY LESSONS (AFI FEST 2013) is a powerful and uncompromised vision. — Cedar Sherbert
Born in 1984 in Kazakhstan, Emir Baigazin graduated from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts in 2009. He participated in Busan’s Asian Film Academy in 2007 and the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2008. His debut feature HARMONY LESSONS (2013) won the Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear and played AFI FEST. THE WOUNDED ANGEL is his second feature.