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13 Kazakhstan films to be shown at Los Angeles Film Festival

07 august 2012, 13:32
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Gaukhar Nurtas, managing director of the Festival. Photo courtesy of kazakhfestival.com
Gaukhar Nurtas, managing director of the Festival. Photo courtesy of kazakhfestival.com
13 Kazakhstan movies directed by young Kazakhstan film-makers are to be screened as part of the 2nd Kazakhstan: Kaleidoscope of Movies Film Festival that will be held in Los Angeles on August 3-9, Tengrinews.kz reports citing Oleg Belov, the Festival’s press attaché.

American experts took part in the selection process and chose several Kazakhstan films for the Festival. Six documentary films that will be demonstrated at the event are: Dialogue from the Steppes by Armand Assante and Yerken Yalgashev, The Country That Chose Life by Berik Barysbekov, Wolf on the Drum by Nello Correale, We Will See Tomorrow by Yuliya Tikhonova, In Search of Tengri by Rustem Abdrashov and 108 Hours by Vassiliy Mozhukhin.

The experts chose seven feature films for screening at the Festival as well. They are Letters to an Angel by Yermek Shinarbayev, Little Hunter by Yerlan Nurmukhambet and Begars Yelubayev, Tale of the Pink Bunny by Farkhat Sharipov, Deal by Artyom Gantsev, Dash by Kanagat Mustafin, The Promised Land by Slambek Tauekel and Kelin by Yermek Tursunov. Interestingly that Kelin will be demonstrated at the Festival for the second time.

“I’d like to mention Letters to an Angel movie directed by Yermek Shinarbayev. I will participate in the demonstration of this movie during the Festival. Shinarbayev’s film is beautiful – it is a bright psychological thriller. When the actor and director John Malkovich was asked what he liked in this movie most of all he answered: “Everything! It is well directed, it has brilliant idea and concept. It should work and, perhaps, I liked this movie most of all because it is very sophisticated,” Steven Charles Jaffe, honorary consul of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles said.

Two exhibitions - the first featuring Kazakhstan jewellery, and the second offering movie posters of different years - are held as part of the Festival. “Inzhu-Marzhan vocal and instrumental band and Yerzhan Issin (solo instrumental performer) who will play the first patented electrodombra (dombra - is a long-necked lute, popular in Central Asian nations) will add more colors to the musical component of the Festival. Guests of the event would have a chance to dive into the world of Kazakh culture,” Gaukhar Nurtas, managing director of the Festival said.

The Film Forum will be held in the Directors Guild of America cinema theater. “This is one of the iconic places of the USA, besides that fact that this cinema theater is very prestigious. Los Angeles – is a cultural capital, at least, for the cinema.

Gaukhar Nurtas (organizer of the Festival) is the author of the idea of bring Kazakhstan culture to the West. She has planned this Festival as a site of culture, where Kazakhstan could discuss its success and failures with people who have been making films for more than 100 years, because Hollywood is one century old already,” Belov said.

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