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Eurasian Film Festival red carpet event in Almaty

Sabina Altynbekova. Photo © Yaroslav Radlovsky Sabina Altynbekova. Photo © Yaroslav Radlovsky

10th annual International Eurasia Film Festival opened in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports.

Kazakhstani, Russian, South Korean, Chinese and other film directors, producers, actors, actresses and guests opened the anniversary edition of the Eurasia Film Festival at the Republic Palace with a red carpet opening ceremony.

South Korean actress Kang Soo-yeon arrived at the red carpet event.

At the official opening ceremony, the Director of the Kazakhfilm film studio Yermek Amanshayev awarded famous Russian film director Sergey Solovyev for his contribution to cinematography. Kazakhstani volleyball player Sabina Altynbekova, a famous kawai, handed the award to Solovyev. In turn, the Russian film director expressed his gratitude to the organizers of the film festival.

“Russia would never forget your kindness and what Kazakhstan have done for great Russian painters and artists. Poet Anna Akhmatova, writer Dombrovsky and film director Sergei Eisenstein were saved here during the WWII. It is your great kindness that cannot be forgotten. But, most importantly it is the city of lively people. Receive my gratitude not only for the award, but for those life lessons and people truly international at heart who, when I was filming here, were showing the spirit of unity,” the film director said.

The Eurasia Film Festival takes place from September 15 to 20 in Almaty. The jury includes Chinese film director, screenwriter and producer Jia Zhangke, South Korean film director Lee Chang-dong, leading German filmmaker Andreas Dresen, Belarusian actress and film director Olga Dyhovichnaya and legendary Kazakh actor Asanali Ashimov.

12 films entered the main competition program of the Eurasia Film Festival: Naomi’s Kawase Still the Water (Japan, Ireland, France, Spain), Mehmet Aktas and Shawhat Amin Korki’s Memories on Stone (Iraq, Germany), A Hard Day (South Korea) by Seoung-hoon Kim, Asaf Korman’s Next to Her (Israel), Zaza Urushadze’s Tangerines (Estonia, Georgia), Bota by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci (Albania, Italy), Of Horses and Men (Island, Germany, Norway) by Benedikt Erlingsson, A Star (Russia) by Anna Melikyan, Yermek Shinarbayev and Gerard Depardieu Voice of the Steppe (Kazakhstan), Party Girl (France) by Mari Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, Tomislav Mrsc’s Cowboys (Croatia), Pouran Derakhshandeh’s Hush…Girls Don’t Scream (Iran).

In addition to the main competition, the Eurasian Film Festival will have a number of non-competition programs such as Shaken Aimanov’s 100th Anniversary, Cinema Bridge: East-West, Short Films Night, 30 years of Kazakh New Wave, Korean Cinema Days and Dynamiv Kazakh Cinema. Shaken Aimanov’s 100th Anniversary will showcase classics of Kazakh cinematography filmed by legendary Shaken Aimanov.

Reporting by Aizhan Tugelbayeva. Writing by Gyuzel Kamalova

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