Filming involving Samal Yeslyamova began in Kazakhstan

13 September, 2018, 18:35 1156
Filming involving Samal Yeslyamova began in Kazakhstan

The Cannes Film Festival's winner, actress will play one of the pivotal roles in Kazakhstan and Japan's 'Konokrady' (Horse thieves)film.  



Almaty region gave a start to the filming of the 'Konokrady' full feature movies involving winner of the Cannes Festival Samal Yaslyamova, correspondent reports referring to JSC Kazakhfilm's press service. 

According to the actress, she is eager to be engaged in the international project and work with Japanese colleagues. 

"I am always fascinated to make a film in Kazakhstan, and it is particularly interesting to cooperate with Yerlan Nurmukhambetov whom I have known for a long time, as we worked on the Tulip film," she said. 

Kazakhstan and Japan jointly work on the movie, JSC Kazakhfilm after Sh. Aimanov represents Kazakhstan, and TokyoNewCinema represents Japan. 

One of the film directors is Sedzo Ichiyama (Japan), who produced the films of Takeshi Kitano, Jia Zhangke, Hou Hsiao-hsien. In total, Sedzo produced more than 20 films, most of which entered into the main contest, as well as won prizes at the Film Festivals in Berlin, Cannes, and Venice. 

The 'Konokrady' (Horse thieves) film tells the story of a friendly family that is shaken up as a band of horse thieves kills the family's father. Olzhas, a 12-year-old son of that killed, hit hard by the death and fights against the evil he and his young sisters face. In desperate and helpless times, Olzhas receives help from a mysterious stranger. 

Director Yerlan Nurmukhambetov, talking about the film's genre, depicted is as 'western and melodrama', and noted that film is intended for Kazakhstan, and Japan's wider audience. 

"The Japanese side intends for a certain audience and revenue, so well-known Japanese actor Mirai Moriyama was invited," said Nurmukhambetov. 

In turn, Japanese actor Mirai Moriyama noted that he plays a role of a stranger named Kairat in the film, as well as that he has learned Kazakh and horseback riding.  

"The most thing I like in the film is that it is a story of a father and a som. As well as that it is Kazakhstan's project, that I had an opportunity to visit and work in Kazakhstan," said Moriyama. 

Also, at the press tour, the film's producer Yuliya Kim (Kazakhstan/France) introduced the media his international team: director Yerlan Nurmukhambetova (Kazakhstan), co-director Liza Takeba (Japan), director of photography Aziz Zhambakiyev (Kazakhstan), actress Samal Yeslyamova (Kazakhstan) and actor Miraya Moriyama (Japan).