The Secret of a Leader
Bank teller Kanat lives alone with his mother. He is the head of the household of a broken family, one often portrayed in Central Asian films. <i>The Secret of a Leader </i>tells the tale of how Kanat’s life changes and he enters a new world through a fateful encounter with his old friend Daniyar. The film portrays Kazakh society as it becomes captive to capitalism after gaining independence, and it explores the topic of “family” in a unique fashion. The film is tragic because only “illegal capital” can restore Kanat’s family. While <i>The Secret of a Leader </i>is made in Central Asia’s unique style, the narrative effectively depicts the tense relationship among its characters. Its cool outlook on the scenery is also noticeable. Director Farkhat Sharipov uses a simple, yet unique method of projecting the complex discourse encompassing the traditional and the modern in Kazakhstan. (Hong Sangwoo)
He graduated from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts in 2007 and from New York Film Academy in 2008. His 2010 feature debut The Tale of a Pink Bunny won the Kulager National Cinema award at the Eurasia Int’l Film Festival. His third feature 4+1 had its world premiere in 2016 at Busan IFF.