For the first time in Berlin Film Festival’s history, an entry from Kazakhstan is in the official competition.
Harmony Lessons is the debut feature of 28-year-old Emir Baigazin who was clearly moved at the world premiere.
The director told euronews: “I am extemely excited – there are to many feelings coming to me right now, I am overwhelmed.”
Harmony Lessons revolves around a 12-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother and struggles with school bullies who run a mafia-style crime ring which preys on the weak.
It is a coming of age revenge story which is a quiet contender for the Golden Bear Best film award which will be announced on Sunday.
Our correspondent in the German capital, Wolfgang Spindler, said “to walk on the red carpet at the Berlinale film festival is not only a great moment for the young film director Emir Baigazin, it’s also a moment the cinema industry in Kazakhstan can be proud of.”