Kazakh Culture Event in France

A Kazakh Culture Evening was held at the Cote d’Azure, France. In the scope of the Roohanee Jangyroo program, best Kazakh films were presented at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. The event, timed to coincide with celebrations of 20th anniversaries of Astana and Kazakh Arts University, was organized with the support of Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports and French-Kazakh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Janat Ernst, correspondent, Twitter@ZhanatErnst:

Kazakh Evening in Cannes is happening in the Cannes most prestigious and famous hotel where all major stars of the festival stay. Main performers of the event are Kazakhstan’s People Artist Aiman Mussakhodjayeva, famous Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaiberghen, state chamber orchestra Academy of Soloists, along with other prominent performers and musicians.

Beautiful music performed by the world-famous Kazakh violinist brought her a round of applause. Performance of the young Kazakh star made his French fans and the rest of the audience scream with amazement.

“I’m growing year after year, I plan to master my vocal talents further. Let Kazakh films, arts and culture grow. If young creative talents follow the path of our famous art people Aiman Mussakhodjayeva and Assanali Ashimov, I believe we’ll be able to get to the stars and win Grammy. My motto is full throttle! Let Kazakh people reach the stars” said Mr. Khudaiberghen.

“He’s just unique, I heard him last year in Cannes. He’s still unique. Great voice and great performer!” said Pierre Spengler, film producer (UK).

“We are fans of Dimash, he’s growing more and more confident, his voice is stable, he’s daring and he’s very intelligent, he has what you might call a root culture,” said Mark Ivasilevic, producer (France).

In her speech at the Cannes reception, president of Eurasia Film Festival Aiman Mussakhodjayeva told that her Festival is the platform for meetings and negotiations regarding films promotion, film commission projects and services, and about Kazakh government’s active support to its national film industry.

Ministry of Culture and Sports and the filmmaking community developed a draft Law on Cinema.

“The government makes a lot to promote Kazakh film industry’s growth, and big events are organized. Two Kazakh films were selected for this year’s Cannes programs: one in Un Certain Regard, and the other in another Festival program. We hope they will be successful. All these are big steps for Kazakh film industry”, said Almat Sooyoonov, Department Director of the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports.

For second year in a row, at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Kazakhstan positions itself as a filmmaking country with international co-productions prospects. Kazakhfilm and Tokyo New Cinema start a new project under working title of Horse Thieves. A project named Composer is currently in development with the studio’s Chinese counterparts.

“Last year, when we were presenting the project in our pavilion, we met with a major Japanese producer Shozo Ichiyama and director Lisa Takeba and told them about our project. They really liked the idea of Yerlan Nurmukhambetov. Since then, I think, we moved quite far as we’ve signed a Memorandum of Cooperation of Kazakhfilm Studios and Tokyo New Cinema, and I hope to start production this year’, said Yuliya Kim, producer (Kazakhstan).

The trailer of Aruaq directed by Khuat Ahmetov with the legendary Kazakh veteran actor Assanali Ashimov, as well as presentations of other Kazakh films like Amre (directed by Jeff Vespa and starring Sanjar Madiyev), Projectionist (directed by Ermek Tursunov), Talan (directed by Bolat Kalymbetov) and other films arose much interest from the audience and guests of 71st Cannes Film Festival. Kazakhstan National Pavilion will be open until 19 May, the day of festival’s closing ceremony.

Coverage by Janat Ernst and Jomart Akhmetov   

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