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Kazakh film Bauyr captures hearts at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

21 february 2014, 21:05
Bauyr (Little Brother)
Bauyr (Little Brother)
Film director Serik Aprimov
Film director Serik Aprimov
Kazakh Bauyr (Little Brother) film directed by Serik Aprimov won The Best Eastern European Film Award at the 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), Tengrinews reports.

The film portrays a village lost in the mountains and a 9 y.o Yerken left alone to survive the realities of life. The boy displays admirable stoicism and waits for his older brother to return home. Yerken’s love and faith in his brother blind him from seeing how different and heartless the big brother is. The movie celebrates preservation of one’s inner world despite the harsh reality. As the older brother leaves Yerken in the end of the movie, the little hero continues with his life and a viewer contemplates the meaning of Bauyr.

The SBIFF, “a cinephile’s paradise”, was originated in 1985 in Santa Barbara. The festival aims to promote the development of movie industry and to present high quality and original films from all around the world to the local audience. The 11-day celebration is a place for industry professionals and film students to meet.

This year, the jury of the festival included Thelma Adams, documentary filmmaker Mimi deGruy, SBIFF Founder Phyllis DePicciotto, actress Frances Fisher, Tony Award-winning composer Adam Guettel, Ted Hope, Academy Award-winning editor Artie Schmidt, actor Alan Thicke and others.

Among the films nominated for The Best Eastern European Film Award were Adria Blues (Slovenia, Croatia), Clownwise (Slovakia, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Finland), the Gambler (Lithuania, Latvia), the Japanese Dog (Romania), One Way Ticket to the Moon (Poland) and Revival (the Czech Republic).

Aprimov’s film premiered at Horizons section of the 70th Venice Film Festival. Later, Bauyr received kudos at the 9th International Eurasia Film Festival in Kazakhstan. In fall of 2013, the film took part in the Viennale Film Festival in Austria.

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