Film Review: Night God (2019) by Adilkhan Yerzhanov ***Screening at Fantasia 2019***

Quickly becoming one of the country’s finest auteurs, Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov has emerged rather quickly as a premier force in the country’s cinematic output scoring international releases and acclaim for several of his previous projects. Now finally releasing his fifth opus, “Nochnoy Bog,” or internationally known as “Night God”, is screening as part of the 2019 edition of Fantasia International Film Festival.

Arriving in a small desolate town, a man (Bajmurat Zhumanov) and his son (Aliya Yerzhanova) find that the living conditions are no different there than anywhere else in the world around them. Forced to stay when they get involved with the locals, they find that the residents have become drained of their will to live by their fear of an omnipresent Night God lurking over them ready to descend the world into a full-on apocalypse. Tormented by their beliefs and fearing that the end is coming sooner than they realize,
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