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Eurasia International Film Festival Almaty 2014

The Adventure
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"The Adventure" (Nariman Turebaev)

The 10th edition of Eurasia International Film Festival took place from 15-20 September in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The festival program comprised an international competition of 12 feature films and several sidebar events, such as a section of "Dynamic Kazakh Cinema", a retrospective of Sergei Soloviev, who celebrated his 70th birthday this year and who taught the young directors of "Kazakh New Wave", which also marked its 30th anniversary this year; a selection of films by the legendary actor and filmmaker Shaken Aimanov, whose centenary is listed in the UNESCO calendar of memorable events; a series of Korean films sponsored by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC); "Film-Bridge East-West"; and a selection of winners from the debut festival Shaken's Stars, also held in Almaty. Although this represents a fine list of programs for a festival that offers effectively only three days of screenings, the Central Asian Panorama, traditionally showcasing the films from Central Asia and its Turkic-language neighbours, was a much-missed component of this year's jubilee edition, which also went ahead without the festival's founder and art director, Gulnara Abikeyeva. This was the fifth time that a FIPRESCI jury was part of the festival, where we traditionally watch the Central Asian Panorama; this year, our selection consisted of a rather mixed bag of films: the six titles of the "Dynamic Kazakh Cinema" sidebar (from commercial films to auteur cinema) and five titles of the main competition from Iran, Iraq/Germany, Georgia/Estonia, Russia and Kazakhstan/France. Our jury awarded the film by Nariman Turebayev, The Adventure (Priklyuchenie, Kazakhstan/France, 2014) (Birgit Beumers)

Almaty (Kazakhstan, Eurasia International Film Festival, September 15-20, 2014). Prize: The Adventure (Priklyuchenie) by Nariman Turebaev (Kazakhstan/France, 2014). Jury: Birgit Beumers, UK ("KinoKultura"), Andrea Martini, Italy ("La Nazione"), Nigora Karimova, Uzbekistan ("SAN'AT"). Contact: Production: Kazakhfilm, Arizona Films. Festivals: Pascale Ramonda, 91 rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris, France, T +33 6 62 01 32 41, pascale@pascaleramonda.com
Festival: http://eurasiaiff.kz/en/

Eurasia, without Central Asia. This year's festival edition presented only an international competition without a geographical concept of "Eurasia", and sacrificed the Central Asian panorama/competition, which had hitherto made the festival such a unique event and created its signature. Birgit Beumers' report. arrow.
Eurasia: The Meeting Place. The program of Kazakh films, which giving the fullest picture about film production in Kazakhstan today, was titled "Dynamic Kazakh Cinema" and included six films, two of which premiered at the festival. Nigora Karimova's report. arrow.
White Nights under Kazakh Skies. Andrea Martini reviews the FIPRESCI prize winner The Adventure (Priklyuchenie) by Nariman Turebae. arrow.

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