Israeli film Next To Her has won the top prize at the Eurasia Film Festival which was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The international jury was headed up by Kazakh actor Assanali Ashimov.
Next To Her is about Rachel, who is bringing up her mentally disabled sister Gabby. The film was directed by Asaf Korman and written by his wife Liron Ben-Shlush, who also stars in the picture. Working so closely together on one project was a bumpy ride, confessed Asaf Korman: “Well of course its very complicated but this complication has amazingly harmonious moments and it has clashes and conflict but it’s like a good love story, conflict and clashing with each other. This is how this film was made but in the end it was great fun.”
The best director award went to Benedikt Erlingsson for his movie “Of Horses and Men”. The Icelandic comedy drama is a collection of stories about Icelanders’ relationships with horses and each other.
The best actress award went to Tinatin Dalakishvili for her role in Star, about a young woman who longs for extreme plastic surgery in order to become a celebrity. Tinatin Dalakishvili said it had been a tricky role: “To be honest, in one way it was a difficult role to play, but on the other hand it was a great experience working with Anna Melikyana, the director. I love her, she is a great person.”
The best actor award went to the four lead actors in the film “Tangerines” (Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze and Mikhail Meskhi). Producer Ivo Felt collected the award. The film deals with the idea of trying to understand the mechanisms of war and is set during the conflict between Georgia and Russia.
The film “Adventure” won the film critics award. The movie was filmed in Almata and is a loose interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s White Nights. The director said mixing cultures was a fascinating journey: “The film is a very interesting mix of classical Russian literature and Kazakh culture. The story has been handled as a unique product with a very understandable message for everyone.”
For more information see: The Official Festival Site.