When Kazakhstan moved its capital to Astana, a dusty village in the steppe was transformed into an ultra-modern city. Filled with modernist architecture and utopian promise, Astana is the official vision of the Kazakh nation. But beneath the surface, Capital discovers the conflicts between ideology and the everyday challenges of those called to fulfill it. Recent arrivals Zhan and Tilgen work on the city’s newest monument while sharing a room on the edge of town. In a towering steel and glass pyramid, Asel and Alia lead tours of Astana’s future, but struggle to build a life among the new luxury high-rises. Painters are hired to sit at their easels and create “an artistic atmosphere” for Astana’s anniversary, yet as the celebrations begin the global financial crisis hits Astana, leaving the future of Kazakhstan's dream city uncertain. Capital is the story of Astana’s first generation, caught between an official vision of the future and the realities of life on utopia’s outskirts.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Maxim Pozdorovkin is a director and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Moscow, he has lived and worked in New York, San Francisco, and Berlin. His first feature Capital is a modern-day city symphony about the building of Astana, Kazakhstan’s utopian new capital city. In addition, Maxim has directed three short films Each and Every Thursday that accompanied the release of the latest LP by the Chicken Slacks, Not on Route 6, and Miss Mend: A Soviet Vision of America. Maxim’s next project is a feature length film/collaborative media documentary project on the history of the AK-47 machine gun.