The 14th edition of Eurasia International Film Festival opened on 1 July 2018 in Astana.
Free admission screenings of festival films started on 9:00am in Chaplin Cinemas multiplexes in Mega Silk Way and Khan Shatyr Mall.
From 10:00am, press conferences of the International Jury and Short Films Competition Jury, Russian actor Andrei Sokolov and the long-awaited press conference of the popular French actor Vincent Cassel were held in Wyndham Garden Astana Hotel.
The press conferences were attended by the Eurasia IFF President Aiman Mussakhodjayeva, Kazakh Vice Minister of Culture and Sports Aktoty Raimkulova, 71st Cannes Film Festival’s Best Actress (Ayka) Samal Yeslyamova and many others.
In 15:30 the screening of My King directed by Maïwenn Le Besco and meet-the-artist event of the popular French actor Vincent Cassel were held in Chaplin multiplex in Mega Silk Way Mall.
The day concluded with the Eurasia Festival opening ceremony. The red carpet was walked by the Eurasia IFF President Aiman Mussakhodjayeva, legendary Kazakh actors and filmmakers Assanli Ashimov, Nurjuman Ikhtymbayev, Satybaldy Narymbetov, Smagul Yelubai, Ermek Tursunov and Festival guests: French actor Vincent Cassel, Serbian film director, actor and musician Emir Kusturica, Russian film and television stars, as well as heads of A listed international film festivals, prominent film industry experts and film critics, renowned culture figures.
The first concert Of Emir Kusturica and his band The No Smoking Orchestra was the highlight of the Festival’s opening night.
The evening closed with a world premiere of the Kazakh film Aruaq directed by Khuat Akhmetov.
Tomorrow, a press conference of Russian film director, writer and producer Anna Melikian and Russian film and theater actress Ravshana Kurkova will start at 11:00am, and a press conference of Serbian film director and actor Emir Kusturica will begin at 15:0 in Eurasia IFF Press Office in Wyndham Garden Astana Hotel.
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