Kazakhstan’s national pavilion in Cannes
Kazakhstan’s national pavilion opened at the Cannes Film Festival, presenting the best works of Kazakh film industry at the most prestigious international film festival. Kazakh filmmakers have a unique chance of presenting their offers and discuss prospects of cooperation with foreign colleagues for the second straight year. Reputable foreign producers have expressed willingness to work together with their Kazakh colleagues on new projects.
WALTER KROCHMAL, AMERICAN FILM PRODUCER:
- I am very impressed by what is clearly a smart investment by the Kazakh Government in film. Film is development. Where you have film you have historic memory and identity, so this is a very fascinating display of Kazakh culture that I was not familiar with. Particularly young filmmakers and women filmmakers who have a sense of their own historic memory we have a wonderful platform in New York.
FLAVIO DONNINI, ITALIAN FILM PRODUCER:
- That it is a very beautiful country, charming, with a lot of opportunity and we would like to shoot our next film in Kazakhstan and we are looking for a co-producer from Kazakhstan. We are in the Italian pavilion, they can come to visit us.
Meanwhile, Kazakh films made its debut to compete with other movies at the Cannes Film Festival. The Gentle Indifference of the World, directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov was presented in the Un Certain Regard section. The selection for short films include the works of Kazakh directors such as Zhannat Alshanova’s End of Season, Olga Korotko’s Bad Bad Winter, Venera Kairzhanova’s Hide and Seek and Berik Zhakhanov’s Asan. Kazakhstan’s national pavilion and the prestigious Cannes Film Festival will be open until May 19.