The Eurasia International Film Festival kicked off in Astana. This annual event gathers dozens of stars of the local and foreign film industry. The main guests of the 14th film festival include famous film director Emir Kusturica, popular French actor Vincent Cassel and owner of the title of the Best Actress of the 71st Cannes Film Festival Samal Yeslyamova. In addition, Russian actors and other famous movie stars from Europe, Asia, Africa, America, experts and critics in the film industry as well as popular cultural figures arrived in the capital of Kazakhstan.

AIMAN MUSSAKHAJAYEVA, PRESIDENT, EURASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:

 - Today, we have Gabriella Cristiani, who worked with Monica Bellucci and Jiang Xiao Xue Zhi who is well known not only in China, but is a chairperson of the jury in the world. Of course, the director of the New York Film Academy arrived, where our students are studying. This makes it possible to expand communication and mutual enrichment. Winners of the Cannes festival arrived in the event, too. Today Samal Yeslyamova and Vincent Cassel have arrived for the festival.

The Film Festival will last for seven days. 12 full-length films and 35 short films will be introduced in the main competition. This year the official program of the Film Festival consists of seven sections. In addition, the organizers of the Eurasia film festival prepared a large out-of-competition program. Firstly, a panorama of 10 films of Turkic-speaking states and Central Asian countries, as well as nine new Kazakh films and 11 full-length films-winners of international film festivals of class A from Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance and Moscow.

AIMAN MUSSAKHAJAYEVA, PRESIDENT, EURASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:

 - A lot of films were announced; more than 1000 films were watched. 350 participants and guests have arrived. The directors of Paramount Pictures, Hollywood and Bollywood and of all the famous film festivals have come. The ones from Busan and Cannes Festival have also come here. Toronto Festival’s director as well and many, many filmmakers, famous jury members who are known all over the world are here too.

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