Kazakh documentary gets shortlisted for Atlantic International Film Festival

Kazakh documentary gets shortlisted for Atlantic International Film Festival

Kazakh documentary film ‘The Little Prince’ will compete for the main prize at the sixth Atlantic International Film Festival in South America. Along with eight other foreign films, the Kazakh documentary was picked for the official selection of the film festival. The organizers said that the film presentation will take place in the city of Barranquilla in Colombia as part of the film festival, which will be held from September 9-12, 2020. 

“This is a great victory for us. We believe that the fact that we have been selected from a multitude of projects filmed by the world’s giants and stand alongside such large countries as the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway and Italy, is a recognition of our main idea and work,” the authors of the project said. 

The unique Kazakh film project will be screened in Kazakh language with English subtitles. It can also be viewed on the official website of the international film festival. The filming of the documentary took place in France and Germany. 

“A human is full of dreams. Everyone dreams of going to Paris, the city of love, where Amre Koshaubayev lived and worked. He, by the way, conquered all of Europe with his musical talent. And Mustafa Shokai, who was waiting for the independence of the entire Turkic world. But we didn’t just want to go to one of the world’s capitals, we wanted to shoot a film there. It was possible to implement this idea due to our creative union with my close friends. We knew what this film would be about even before the script was written,” said the project manager Zhanar Shamel. 

The Little Prince is a monologue film where the talented Kazakh poet Tanakoz Tolkynkyzy, who is also the main character of the film, enters into conversation with her soul. Throughout the whole documentary, the poetess tries to find answers to her own questions of ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What is my purpose?’ The film invites viewers to take a dip in the work of this talented woman. 

“France is a real place of art, a place where many great writers and poets lived and worked. France is the home of love. Tanakoz’s poetry is full of this great feeling. That’s why my character has a lot in common with France. I appreciate her soul, her essence, her creativity, and I love her love poems. That’s why I decided to make a documentary about her. I think that she is a decent person. I think that we need to know the dignity of this person during her lifetime,” shared filmmaker Karlyga Khassen, for whom the documentary became her debut work.

The authors and participants of the project hope that their work will be able to win recognition of the foreign viewers.