KAZAKH CULTURE EVENT AT 71ST CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Famous violinist and Kazakhstan People’s Artist Aiman Mussakhodjayeva with the state chamber orchestra Academy of Soloists performed at the prestigious film festival that has opened on 8 May. A show of the popular Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaiberghen received enthusiastic welcome be the French public.

Talented performers as country’s ambassadors drew attention of the Cannes Film Festival participants to the promotion Eurasia IFF, which coincides with this year’s 20th anniversary celebrations of Astana and Kazakh Arts University

Eurasia International Film Festival was founded in 1998. It is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) and is listed by an influential British magazine International Film Guide in Top 35 world’s leading film festivals.

In her speech at the Kazakh Culture Evening in Cannes, president of Eurasia Film Festival Aiman Mussakhodjayeva told that her Festival is the platform for meetings and negotiations regarding films promotion, film commission projects and services, and about Kazakh government’s active support to its national film industry. “Kazakh directors’ works receive acclaim both in the domestic market and at international film festivals. This year, Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard program selected Adilkhan Yerjanov’s The Gentle Indifference of the World and Cinefondation selected End of Season by Jannat Alshanova. The films’ stories are very different, from the country’s history to its modern issues”, said Ms. Mussakhodjayeva.

Kazakhstan National Pavilion’s operation in the Cannes scope strengthens Kazakhstan’s image among the global film industry players as a film-producing country and expands opportunities for international co-productions for Kazakh filmmakers. It’s worth mentioning that Horse Thieves (directed by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov, announced at the last year’s National Pavilion opening), will be co-produced this year by Kazakhfilm Studios and Japan’s Tokyo New Cinema.

Also, in the course of a working meeting with Cannes Deputy Mayor Frank Chikli it was decided to foster cultural relations between the two countries in the filds of tourism and film.

“The government funds not just socially relevant projects but auteur films, too. This is a contribution to Kazakh film industry’s growth. Annually, Kazakhfilm Studios has over 20 new releases, Kazakh private film companies release over 30 new films, and domestic audiences prefer to watch local films in cinemas, which account for 15% of all films distributed in Kazakhstan”, said Almat Sooyoonov, Department Director of the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Among 230 pavilions of various countries, Kazakh pavilion is doing a lot for promotion of its film projects. The trailer of Aruaq directed by Khuat Ahmetov with the legendary Kazakh veteran actor Assanali Ashimov arose much interest from the audience and guests of  Cannes Film Festival, as did presentations of other Kazakh films like Amre (directed by Jeff Vespa and starring Sanjar Madiyev), Projectionist (directed by Ermek Tursunov), Talan (directed by Bolat Kalymbetov) and other films.

We would like to remind you that Kazakh filmmakers had already won the Un Certain Regard’s Grand Prix: Darejan Omirbayev with Killer in 1998 and Sergei Dvortsevoi with Tulip in 2008.

Kazakh delegation includes government officials, creative intellectuals, prominent Kazakh film and television figures, students of Film and TV Department of Kazakh National Arts University.

Kazakhstan National Pavilion was launched with the support of Kazakh Ministry Culture and Sports under the aegis of Roohanee Jangyroo state program and will continue its operation until 19 may, the day of official closing of the Cannes Film Festival.

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