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PHOTO: Second ASTANA International Action Film Festival opened in Astana 02 июля 2011, 17:07

World-famous celebrities arrived to Astana for the second ASTANA International Action Film Festival.
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Timur Bekmambetov and Armand Assante. ©Vladimir Dmitriyev Timur Bekmambetov and Armand Assante. ©Vladimir Dmitriyev
The second ASTANA International Action Film Festival opened in the Palace of Peace and Accord (at 57 Manas street) in Astana on July 1, Tengrinews.kz reported. President of the Festival, its initiator and famous filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov organized the contemporary movie fest right before the Capital's Day (July 6). World, Kazakh and Russian movie stars came to Astana for the Festival: legendary Armand Assante who played the main role in The Odissey, Michael Madsen who played in Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill and Sin City, Michelle Rodriguez famous for acting in Lost and Avatar, and an outstanding action actor Steven Seagal. Vice-President of Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation Lisa Elsey was also among the guest of the Festival. Kazakhstan actors include Asanali Ashimov, Farkhat Abdraimov, Akhan Satayev, Assel Sagatova, Karlygash Mukhametzhanova. The list includes many other actors, filmmakers, producers, stunt and special effects experts. Russian celebrities include Gosha Kutsenko, Dmitry Nagiyev, Sergei Svetlakov, Egor Konchalovsky, Yekaterina Strizhenova, Nikolay Valuyev and Marat Basharov who hosted the opening ceremony. 20 movies made by directors from USA, Europe, Asia and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries will be screened at the Festival on July 1-5. Filmmaking master-classes will be held during the Festival. Organizers hope that film experts will find investors and partners in Astana, while the audience will be able to watch new movies. The Festival was opened by the first Kazakhstan 3D movie Return to A by Egor Konchalovsky. The Festival will be closed with the movie Bad Teacher, a comedy with Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake. The Festival’s program also includes a screenplay competition. The Festival will present the project Bollywood strikes back to show the movie Sarkar, the Indian version of the Godfather and another project called Hard Boiled which will include horror movies and psychological films. The audience will be able to watch the Rock Head with a famous boxer Nikolay Valuyev during a special show. Prior to the opening ceremony Timur Bekmambetov gave the interview. The first ASTANA International Action Film Festival was held in Astana last year. World-famous celebrities who came to Astana that time included Dolph Lundgren, Hilary Swank, Mike Tyson, Vladimir Mashkov, Sergey Bodrov, Andrey Panin, Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitry Pevtsov, Nelli Uvarova and others. By Assel Satayeva

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