Kazakhstan’s Harmony Lessons receives Grand-Prix in Sao Paulo
Nov 11. Tengrinews
The film Harmony Lessons of Emir Baigazin has received the Grand-Prix of the 37th international Film Festival in Sao Paulo, Tengrinews reports citing the press-service of Kazakhfilm Kazakhstan national studios.
The Sao Paulo International Film Festival, also known internationally as Mostra, is an annual film festival held in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. A non-profit event, the festival is organized by ABMIC (Associacao Brasileira Mostra Internacional de Cinema) in 1977. The state and city of Sao Paulo have established October as the festival’s official month.
The 2013 edition of the festival took place on October 18-31, with poster art by Christiane Kubrick and an international jury: Lav Diaz, Sergei Loznitsa, Hans Weingartner, Cesar Charlone, and Monique Gardenberg. 360 movies from all over the world were presented at the festival this year.
“Poetic and strict, inventing and reflexive film Harmony Lessons surprised and impressed us by its study of film language,” the jury of the festival pointed out.
Almost at the same time Harmony Lessons was awarded as the Best Asian Film by NETPAC jury at the 7th International Film Festival in Abu-Dhabi, UAE.
Besides, the film Harmony Lessons got the prizes for Best Debut and Honorable Mention for Best Cinematography at the 22th Film Festival, that took place on October 17-27 in Philadelphia, USA.
Harmony Lessons received award from NETPAC (The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) jury at the Warsaw Film Festival in Poland.
Another prize that Harmony Lessons gained was the Special Mentions award at the Flanders International Film Festival Ghent in Belgium.
The film won a Silver Bear at Berlinale 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 the Grand-Prix of the Switzerland Film Festival in Basel.
The film also received The Best Director award at the 3d International Sakhalin Film Festival On the Edge.
At present Emir Baigazin is working on his new project The Wounded Angel that was selected for production and distribution funding by the international Berlinale Residency fellowship program.
The movie of Emir Baigazin was also presented out of competition at A class film festivals in the Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland and Canada.