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Kazakhstan movie to be screened as part of official selection of Berlinale Film Festival for the first time

23 january 2013, 16:19
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Kazakhstan filmmaker Emir Baigazin. Photo courtesy of Kazakhfilm Studios
Kazakhstan filmmaker Emir Baigazin. Photo courtesy of Kazakhfilm Studios
Kazakhstan movie has been listed in the official selection of Berlinale Film Festival for the first time, Tengrinews.kz reports, referring to Shaken Aymanov from KazakhFilm Studios press-service. The debut movie Lessons of Harmony, directed by Emir Baigazin, will be demonstrated at the 63rd Berlinale Film Festival.

The movie got the first place in the 18th International Sarajevo Film Festival in the special Work-in-Progress category. Later on the movie won Berlinale World Cinema Fund Prize. Lessons of Harmony became the first Kazakhstan project that was supported by the Fund.

Berlinale Film Festival will be held on February 7-17, 2013. The winners of the Festival will be announced on February 16. Kazakhstan drama will be screened as part of the official selection of the Festival along with movies made by Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Bruno Dumont. More than 3000 applications from all over the world were sent to the Festival this year. Hong Kong’s Wong Kar-Wai is the chairman of the jury this year.

The press-release reads that only one Kazakhstan movie has participated in an official selection of a festival of such level. Darezhan Omirbayev’s Cardiogram was screened in Venice Film Festival in 1995.

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