Kazakhstan-made short film premieres at Cannes
May 27. Tengrinews
Reporting by Aizhan Tugelbayeva, writing by Assel Satubaldina
Kazakhstan-made short film Luna Lyubit Solnce (Moon Loves the Sun) has premiered as a part of the Short Film Corner program of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, Tengrinews reports.
Last year, Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s The Owners premiered in the Special Screenings at the Cannes. This year, the Kazakhstani made film directed by Alisher Suleimenov hit the screen of the Cannes Film Festival.
Suleimenov’s short competed with over 2 thousand films from 100 countries for a chance to be presented at the Cannes. This year, the festival did not feature any films made by amateurs.
The film’s director Alisher Suleimenov invited well-known film critics and producers as well as Kazakhstanis residing in Cannes to attend the premiere.
Luna Lyubit Solnce (Moon Loves the Sun) is a sequel of Suleimenov’s first film Ptitsa (A Bird) released in 1990. The film was awarded at the International Film Festival Molodost in Kiev and won festivals in Moscow and Tashkent.
Suleimenov’s short stars Bakhyt Zhangaliev, an actor and stuntman Bakhodyr Dzhalmetov as well as young actors Bakhtiyar Tursunov and Marina Klimovich. An actress Zulfira Gurairova and a journalist Yerzhan Suleimenov also took part in the film. The filmmaker wrote the music to the film himself.
Moon Loves the Sun opens a series of 10 films about kindness and love that Alisher Suleimenov plans to shoot.
Although the films presented at the Short Film Corner are not included in the main competition, participation in this section of the Festival is still prestigious as it gives filmmakers a brilliant opportunity to present their films to a massive audience and to make important contacts.
Currently, Alisher Suleimenov is in talks about rights to his short films and funding for his next project tentatively titled Tulpar (A Horse).
“Movie is a universal language understood all around the world. No matter where it is filmed, it is understandable to everyone. The Cannes is a wonderful platform for communication, where film market goes alongside the festival and where it is possible to find funding for projects. The organization is at the highest level. A lot of ideas came to my mind here during the festival. I would like to implement many of them in Kazakhstan. Our film festivals also should reach the greater international community. Our cinema should be promoted on the world stage,” Alisher Suleimenov said.
The 68th Cannes Film Festival opened on May 13 with Standing Tall, directed by Emmanuelle Berco. Ice and the Sky, directed by Luc Jacquet closed the festival on May 24.