Harmony Lessons by Emir Baigazin gaines Grand-Prix at film festival in Switzerland
Oct 02. Tengrinews
Harmony Lessons of Kazakhstan film director Emir Baigazin has become a winner of the post-soviet film festival Films from Russia and beyond in Switzerland, Tengrinews reports.
The festival jury consisted of film critics from Russia and Europe.
The film Harmony Lessons addresses the issue of the child abuse. The movie tells a story about a 13-y.o. schoolboy Aslan who lives with his grandmother in a small Kazakh village. Aslan is an outstanding student. He is tidy and organized, a perfectionist. Bolat, the leader of a boys’ gang, publicly humiliates Aslan. Aslan never forgives the bully and calmly and methodically prepares a terrible revenge for him. He practices on cockroaches, torturing them on a miniature electric chair, and assembles his own gun. Later a new student Mirsain comes to school, he stands up for Aslan, never knowing what will come out of it.
Harmony Lessons of Emir Baigazin won a Silver Bear for the Artistic Achievement of its cinematographer Aziz Zhambakiyev and also got the prize of the Morgen Post newspaper.
Harmony Lessons won the special jury prize for the Best Filmmaker’s Debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and Grand-Prix of the Switzerland Film Festival in Basel.
Recently, the new project The Wounded Angel of Emir Baigazin was selected for production and distribution funding by the international Berlinale Residency fellowship program.
Russian film Rasskazy by Mikhail Segal was awarded with a special prize of the post-soviet films festival. Besides the competition program, documentary films and a retrospective of Valery Todorovsky were shown at the festival.
The first edition of the International festival KINO. Films from Russia and beyond will be held in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland, on September 21-29, 2013. The festival will present films produced in the countries of the former Soviet Union within the past two years.