Film Ayka wins in nomination for 'New Voice' at Film Festival in Oslo
The film won by the unanimous decision of the jury.
Oslo held the 28th FILM fra SØR (films from the south) festival of foreign films, where more than 80 films from Asia, Africa and Latin American were presented, INA Kazinform reports.
Kazakhstan introduced the Cannes Film Festival's triumphant film Ayka by Sergey Dvrotsevoy, and works of the winner of the Venice Film Festival, Emir Baigazin, who was among honored guests of the Festival.
The jury judged films in Documentary, Prize of Audience, New Voice and Silver Mirror nominations.
Film Ayka by Sergey Dvortsevoy won in the New Voice nomination following the unanimous opinion of the jury members.
"Kazakh actress Samal Yeslyamova pulls off the film alone. Cameras follow each movement of her so that we, spectators, integrate with the body and look of the main character. The image and sound are so natural that we can smell the wind hitting the face of the heroine from the screen, and experience the same feeling of rising nausea. Film Ayka is like a stimulator effectively and callously diminishing the distance between the spectator and the desperate heroine," Norwegian critics about the film.
Emmanuel Gras's film MAKALA won in the documentary nomination, and film Shoplifters by Japanese Hirokazu Kore-eda received the audience choice award, and Korean Lee Chang-dong's film Burning received the Silver Mirror prize.
Receiving the prize from the jury member, the Chargé d'affaires of Kazakhstan in Norway, Ilyas Omarov, noted that the idea of film Ayka touches the main problem of modern times - illegal migration in the large megapolises, and added: "The modern cinematography is one of the key elements of public diplomacy."
Omarov underlined that the film is a truly international project as film producers from Germany, China and Germany worked on it along with Kazakh and Russian filmmakers.
Emir Baigazin presented his films such as Harmony lessons, Wounded Angel and The River, as well as his new work Would You Like to Stargaze. Before each screening, he held meetings with spectators that attracted a large turnout. Film critics highly appraised his creativity.
For instance, the Dagsavisen newspaper notes: "His last work, the black and white melancholy pearl Would You Like to Stargaze, resembles the later films of Andrei Tarkovsky with its external and internal poetic landscape. In this film, he deals with not only the internal poetry of love, but also he reveals its abstract and dreamful story about matches and wishes."
During the Film Festival, Emir Baigazin held a meeting in the embassy of Kazakhstan with representatives of the Kazakh diaspora, sharing his plans, and underlining the role of the state in domestic figures of culture.