Russian-French sales outfit Riverlet Films has sold The Assault, which premiered in competition at Rotterdam this year, to Kinovista for France and all French-speaking countries. A theatrical release is planned for autumn 2022.
The Assault is directed by Kazakh Adilkan Yerzhanov, whose previous credits include Tallinn competition title Herd Immunity and Cannes Un Certain Regard premiere The Gentle Indifference Of The World.
Yerzhanov also wrote the script for the Russian-language title, which follows a group of unidentified people who appear to be terrorists as they seize a village school in Kazakhstan, taking the children hostage, and leaving a local teacher to attempt to save the day. Azamat Nigmanov, Berik Aitzhanov and Yerken Gubashev star.
It is produced by Aleksandr Plotnikov and Boris Khlebnikov for Look Film, Natalia Drozd for Forest Film, Anna Tikhonova, Anastasia Kulikova, Akan Sataev for JSC Kazakhfilm, Olga Khlascheva and Serik Abishev for Short Brothers, Ablaikhan Ashimov for Cinerental and Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov for Nomad Stunts.