One of the lesser known but punching above its weight film festivals has opened in Almaty Kazakhstan.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary the Eurasia festival focuses as its name implies on European and Asian movies.
“The Eurasia festival is now becoming established as an important (cinema) event all over the world – we also can state that there is a very close and efficient integration and cooperation between Kazakh filmmakers and their European counterparts,” said Festival Director Yermek Amanshayev.
At the opening ceremony the Russian Film director Sergei Solovyov was given a life time achievement award. He is known for his films about the Russian Rock movement of the Perestroika era at the end of the 1980s.
The opening film was the classic “Land of Fathers” by Kazakhstan’s greatest film director Shaken Aimanov. This year the Eurasia film festival is marking his birth in 1914 with a retrospective of his work.
Reporting for euronews Wolfgang Spindler said:
“Besides the international competition and the Shaken Aimanov retrospective, the EURASIA Film Festival offers a rich overview of about 30 years of Kazakh film production.”