«Shal» movie nominated for «Oscar»

Sept 27. Kazpravda

By Galia SHIMYRBAEVA

«Shal» movie nominated for «Oscar»Chairman of the Oscar committee in Kazakhstan Satybaldy Narymbetov said the picture «Shal» is nominated for «Oscar».

The film of Ermek Tursunov received the Grand Prix of the Open Film Festival of CIS, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia «Kinoshock», that ended this week, and the leading man Erbolat Toguzakov was a winner in the category «Best Actor».

The most dramatic movie of the Kazakh cinema-2012 is leading in the number of existing home awards and was previously recommended but not nominated for any of the international film festivals. The film «Shal» was released in Kazakhstan only and collected about 90 million tenge.

The leading actor Erbolat Toguzakov attended the «Kinoshock» festival. The filmmakers — neither Ermek Tursunov nor the film producer Alexander Vovnyanko went to the «Kinoshock» as they were busy filming of another movie.

– «Kinoshock» is a pleasant surprise to us, said Alexander Vovnyanko. -We did not expect to get the Grand Prix.

Ermek Tursunov said this festival has long been familiar with his works. In 2007 he received a prize for the best screenplay. As for «Shal», the Russians have heard about it and initiated the movie’s participation in its competition program.

Film critic Gulnara Abikeeva said this and another Ermek Tursunov’s film «Kelin» made our society think about some philosophical things.

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