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"Gwanghae" reigns supreme at S. Korea film awards

A costume drama about a stand-in monarch has swept South Korea's domestic Oscars, winning 15 of the 23 awards up for grabs, including best film.

"Gwanghae" reigns supreme at S. Korea film awards
"Zhauzhurek Myn Bala" poster.
Zhauzhurek Myn Bala got on Oscar long-list

Zhauzhurek Myn Bala, directed by Akan Satayev, made it into the Oscar long-list in the Best Foreign Film category.

Zhauzhurek Myn Bala got on Oscar long-list
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Swiss actor Vincent Perez wishes to return to Kazakhstan as a photographer

Perez also added that he would like to find common points and to initiate joint projects with Kazakhstan's KazakhFilm Studios.

Swiss actor Vincent Perez wishes to return to Kazakhstan as a photographer
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Pussy Riot, Panahi, Beliatsky on final Sakharov short list

Russian punk band Pussy Riot, Iran's film-maker Jafar Panahi and rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and Belarus dissident Ales Beliatsky were put on a final shortlist for the European Parliament's Sakharov rights priz.

Pussy Riot, Panahi, Beliatsky on final Sakharov short list
Lady Gaga donates peace prize to Aids charity
Lady Gaga donates peace prize to Aids charity

Lady Gaga said on Tuesday she would donate a peace prize given to her by artist and activist Yoko Ono to Elton John's Aids charity.

Lady Gaga donates peace prize to Aids charity
French, Austrian films in Oscars foreign long-list
French, Austrian films in Oscars foreign long-list

French blockbuster "Les Intouchables" and Austrian Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner "Love" are hot tips for best foreign language Oscar, from a long-list of candidates published Monday.

French, Austrian films in Oscars foreign long-list
2012 Olympic winner Tanatarov got apartment in Taraz
2012 Olympic winner Tanatarov got apartment in Taraz

Zhambyl oblast Wrestling Federation’s president presented Akzhurek Tanatarov with a key to a 3-room apartment in Taraz city.

2012 Olympic winner Tanatarov got apartment in Taraz
Thriller 'Homeland' dethrones 'Mad Men' at Emmys
Thriller 'Homeland' dethrones 'Mad Men' at Emmys

Spy thriller "Homeland" won best TV drama at the Emmy awards Sunday, ending retro cult show "Mad Men" four-year unbroken run, while "Modern Family" was named best comedy for the third straight year.

Thriller 'Homeland' dethrones 'Mad Men' at Emmys
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Lennon widow Ono to give peace award to Pussy Riot

Yoko Ono, the artist and widow of Beatles musician and songwriter John Lennon, will bestow a peace award in the couple's name to Pussy Riot, the Russian punk rockers.

Lennon widow Ono to give peace award to Pussy Riot
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Nazarbayev awarded Russia's Foreign Minister with Dostyk decoration

Nazarbayev awarded Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with Dostyk decoration of the 1st grade.

Nazarbayev awarded Russia's Foreign Minister with Dostyk decoration
Kazakhstan Olympic weightlifting champions Svetlana Podobedova, Zulfiya Chinshanlo, Maya Maneza. ©Al-Farabi Kazakh State University press-service photo
Aktobe oblast’s Akim awarded Olympic champions with 1 mln tenge bonuses

Kazakhstan Olympic champions took part in the 2012 Health Festival held in Aktobe on September 8.

Aktobe oblast’s Akim awarded Olympic champions with 1 mln tenge bonuses
French, Korean, US films tipped to win Venice festival
French, Korean, US films tipped to win Venice festival

Movies from France, South Korea and the United States are tipped by critics as the favourites to win this year's Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival due to be announced on Saturday.

French, Korean, US films tipped to win Venice festival
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Kazakh songs conquered China

Astana State Philharmonic Chamber Choir proved they are the best at the XI China International Choir Festival.

Kazakh songs conquered China
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British band One Direction tops MTV video awards

British boy band One Direction scooped three top prizes Thursday at the MTV Video Music Awards, confirming their stellar rise on the US music scene, while Rihanna won Video of the Year.

British band One Direction tops MTV video awards
Kitano, Kim Ki-duk see Asian art house in crisis
Kitano, Kim Ki-duk see Asian art house in crisis

Internationally-acclaimed directors Takeshi Kitano from Japan and Kim Ki-duk from South Korea told AFP at the Venice film festival that making art house films in Asia is a daunting task.

Kitano, Kim Ki-duk see Asian art house in crisis
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Boxing: Marina Volnova got apartment in Astana

Kazakhstan boxer and Olympic bronze prize-winner Marina Volnova was awarded in Astana and told about her future plans.

Boxing: Marina Volnova got apartment in Astana
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Women directors take front row at Venice film festival

Hollywood veterans will brush shoulders with up and coming starlets and auteurs in Venice starting on Wednesday for the film festival in which women directors are set to take centre stage.

Women directors take front row at Venice film festival
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Kazakhstan’s female boxer Marina Volnova awarded by Astana policemen

Kazakhstan’s female boxer Marina Volnova, who won an Olympic bronze medal, was awarded by Astana Department of Internal Affairs.

Kazakhstan’s female boxer Marina Volnova awarded by Astana policemen
Weightlifting: Ilya Ilyin got $500,000
Weightlifting: Ilya Ilyin got $500,000

Kyzylorda oblast Akim awarded two-time Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin with a 75-million tenge (about $507,000) certificate.

Weightlifting: Ilya Ilyin got $500,000
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Nazarbayev gave state awards to Kazakhstan's Olympic medal winners

An official ceremony in honor of Kazakhstan Olympic team has been held in the Independence Palace in Astana.

Nazarbayev gave state awards to Kazakhstan's Olympic medal winners