Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan

The European Union opens IV European Film Festival in Kazakhstan

08/11/2019 - 06:17
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ALMATY – Today in Almaty Chaplin Mega Park theatre hosted the opening of the IV European Film Festival, organized by the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan. The Festival will last from 5 to 7 November and present 16 films produced by the European Union Member States, as well as provide exclusive master-classes from the European filmmakers. The goal of the Festival is to present the best premieres of the European cultural heritage, to raise the interest of general public for cinematography art and enhance international cooperation.

On 5 November, the opening ceremony was attended by the EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan Sven-Olov Carlsson, as well as by special guests of the Festival – filmmakers Renars Vimba (Latvia), Caroline Thirion and explorer Anne Laudisoit ("Mbudha" film main character). All films are the winners of high-level international film awards, including the winner of 3 Cesar Awards – Bloody Milk, the winners of David di Donatello awards – A Ciambra, The Vice of Hope, Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize winner – Diamantino, Locarno Film Festival Special Jury Prize winner – Ray & Liz, Venice Film Festival for Best Actor – Saint George, Karlovy Vary Film Festival awards for Best Director – The Line, Winter Flies, and numerous Bucharest, Slovenia, Slovakia, Montreal, Tokyo, Sundance film festivals winners in different categories.
"Our audience would have an opportunity to experience the richness of European cultural diversity in different genres of the films, the interesting stories and plots they present, the variety of languages the actors speak and, I believe, this would hardly leave anyone indifferent. This year we tried to strengthen an educational component of the Festival, providing young Kazakh filmmakers a place for meetings and experience sharing.  I am glad that this Festival contributes to the development of film market and has become a platform for presentation of the best European movies", EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan Sven-Olov Carlsson noted.
The Festival program was opened by the debut author film of director Mr Renars Vimba "Mellow Mud", which gained Berlin Film Festival Crystal Bear Award in the Generation/14plus competition. The Vimba's film is a story of loneliness, first love, disappointments, challenges and life victories. The audience of numerous film festivals was impressed by the film. On 6 November, the University of Turan will host the series of master-classes for filmmakers and all interested public from the directors Renars Vimba and Caroline Thirion on methodology of pitching, film production and documentary.
On 7 November, the Festival will be closed by Caroline Thirion's documentary “Mbudha”. This movie tells the story of Anne Laudisoit's expedition to the Democratic Republic of Congo to bring back evidence of the presence of a rich and rare biodiversity that needs protection. The film is the winner of the "Les Clefs de l'Aventure" Festival 2019 in Grenoble, France.
The films are selected in cooperation with the prominent European cinema portal Cineuropa. Most of the films were produced in co-production of several European countries, which once again highlights the importance of the European Union's motto – "United in Diversity".
All films are screened in original language with the Russian subtitles. Free admission.
For additional information, please contact:
• Elnara Bainazarova, Press and Information Officer of the Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan: + 7 (701) 9400086, e-mail:      
• Yerkezhan Amriyeva, Press and Information Assistant of the Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan: + 7 (775) 6730823, e-mail: