Famous Hollywood and Kazakh actors walked on the red carpet in Astana. 13th Eurasia International Film Festival was held in the Kazakh capital as part of the EXPO 2017. It was attended by about 100 directors, actors and critics. This year there was a record number of 296 films in the film festival. More than half of them were presented in the main completion program. The largest film festival in Central Asia is accredited by the International Federation of Producers Associations, along with such as the film festivals in Venice and Berlin.

 

AIMAN MUSSAKHAJAYEVA, PRESIDENT, XIII EURASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:

 - Of course, we would like to see this film festival as the international one on the same level as the Cannes festival, we want to attract celebrities from around the globe to Kazakhstan.  

 

Nicolas Cage, Adrien Brody and John Malkovich were the special guests of the festival. The Hollywood actors gave a press conference where they shared their impressions of Astana and their creative plans, some of which may be done jointly with their Kazakh colleagues.

 

ADRIEN BRODY, ACTOR:

 - Mr. Minister was very kind to invite me as his guest of honor last night to see Mahler at the symphony hall. I have never seen quite like it. It was really spectacular experience. I was inspired beyond words. I’m not sure all of you know that there were I believe twelve hundred musicians participating and the amount of beauty of collaborative efforts together was just so impressive and moving. Alan Buribayev was an amazing conductor. I thought, perhaps,  I’ll have to play a conductor one day.

 

NICOLAS CAGE, ACTOR:

 - I like to go to different parts of the world and hopefully make movies in those different parts of the world because I think that location can inform the performance so I hope next time you will invite me to make a movie here.  I’m excited to try everything, looking forward to lunch to try your food, looking forward to going on tour to seeing the gorgeous architecture. I was really thrilled when I was landing at the airplane I can see everything it was really out of future for me.

 

The festival guests were surprised by an exciting show at the opening ceremony of film festival, featuring leading Kazakh performers. The organizers awarded the performers for their contribution to cinematography. Hollywood artists handed the awards to Bibigul Tulegenova, Kuman Tastanbekov and Meruert Utekesheva.

 

MERUERT UTEKESHEVA, ACTRESS:

 - This festival will give a lot for all the people. Therefore, I wish it success, new films, scenarios and beautiful roles for all.

 

The festival also featured thematic round tables and master classes and a Eurasia Film Market with the participation of distributors from China, India, South Korea, America, Europe and the CIS countries. 

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