Kazakh films are recognized at international festivals

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ASTANA — Kazakh directors Aziz Zairov and Mukhamed Mamyrbekov’s social drama “Mom, I’m Alive” won the Grand Prix of Silk Road Countries nomination at the Cannes 7th Art Awards, Zairov wrote on his Instagram page on October 17.

The film crew after receiving their award. Photo credit: Zairov’s Instagram page

The social drama follows the story of a juvenile inspector Saule who, after losing her daughter to leukemia, decides to adopt a teenager from an orphanage. According to Zairov, this life-affirming social film is a true hymn to motherhood.

Meanwhile, the 27th Busan International Film Festival, held October 5-14 in South Korea, screened two more Kazakh films – Kazakh director Farkhat Sharipov’s film “Scheme” and “Time of Heroes by Serikbol Utepbergenov. After the screening, the films will be shown in six countries around the world by the end of this year.

The “Time of Heroes” is the story of two siblings who come together to save human lives despite family disagreements.

The film “Scheme” raises the problem of the exploitation of adolescents, drug addiction and alcoholism. The film won the Grand Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival this year.

On September 15, Emir Baigazin’s film “Life” was selected as Kazakhstan’s entry for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards, Oscar. The globally televised awards ceremony will take place on March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

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