Mukhamediooly Congratulates Samal Yeslyamova

Kazakh Minister of Culture and Sports Arystanbek Mukhamediooly congratulated Samal Yeslyamova with the 71st Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or for Best Actress, reports referring to the Ministry’s press office.

"International Jury of the 71st Cannes Film Festival awarded the Best Actress Award to Kazakh actress Samal Yeslyamova. Samal graduated from GITIS, and her first film was a success. The 2008 film, Tulip, a Kazakh-German-Swiss-Russian co-production, Tulip, filmed by the director Sergei Dvortsevoi  in the South Kazakhstan’s Betpak Dala steppe was awarded a Grand Prix of the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

10 years later, Dvortsevoi and Yeslyamova repeated their success with Ayka, a co-production of Sergei Dvortsevoi’s company Kinodvor and production companies from Germany, Poland, China and Kazakhstan.

"I congratulate the creative duo and will further success and new victories!” said the Minister in his message.

Kazakh national Samal Yeslyamova was named Best Actress of 71st Cannes Film Festival. She played a female lead in Ayka directed by Sergei Dvortsevoi, Russian film director. Ayka is an illegal Kyrgyz migrant worker who gives birth to her child in a Moscow maternity hospital and  has to leave her baby there starting a story of haunted memories and budding maternal feelings.

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