‘Ozen’ by Kazakhstan’s director to be aired at Venice Film Festival
75th jubilee Venice Film Festival will be held on August 29 - September 8, 2018
Feature Ozen (River) by Kazakhstan’s director and producer Emir Baygazin will compete for the prize of Orizzonti (Horizons) contest program of the 75th anniversary edition of the Venice Film Festival, BNews.kz correspondent reported with a reference to the press service of Kazakhfilm JSC.
Orrizonti program includes gaming and documentary films, representing new trends in the development of cinematography. The news about the inclusion of the film in the program was announced at the press conference of Mostra on July 25, 2018. 'River' completes the trilogy of Aslan, the first two parts of which - Uroki garmonii (Harmony Lessons) and Raneny angel (The Wounded Angel) were shown in the official Berlinale program in 2013 and 2016.
"River" movie tells about five brothers growing away from civilization, whose life changes after the visit of the city guest. Filming took place in the South-Kazakhstan region. The main roles were played by non-professional actors from different parts of Kazakhstan. It is noteworthy that in the painting "River" Emir Baigazin also acted as a cameraman and the main producer.
"We are happy to present a picture to viewers, working on which we were in information silence for two years," Emir Baigazin shared.
Kazakhstan (the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhfilm, Emir Baigazin Production), Norway (Norsk Filmproduksjon) and Poland (Madants) participated in the production of the River. At the scenario level, the picture was supported by a grant from the Asia-Pacific Film Association MPA APSA. For the first time, the project was presented at the film market of the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary in June 2017. In September of the same year, the project won the first prize at the Pitch and Meet project competition at the Warsaw Film Festival. Post-production of the painting was completed in the summer of 2018 at the studios Orka and Dreamsound in Warsaw with funding from the Polish Institute of Cinematography.