Kazakh film festival showcases latest French films

The annual film festival offers Kazakh movie lovers of all tastes the latest cinematographic pictures from France, from melodrama and comedy to a heart-wrenching animated film.

The eighth edition of the annual French film festival took place in Kazakhstan from April 22 to 25, presenting participants with a wide variety of cinematographic pieces, Tengrinews.kz reported. For the first time ever, the festival was held in Astana and Almaty simultaneously.

The four-day event, titled “French Cinema Today,” offered something for movie-goers of all tastes and genres, including adventure films, biopics, animated pictures, and comedies starring Pierre Richard and Christian Clavier, as well as a melodrama starring the inimitable Catherine Deneuve. Viewers were also treated to the “Short Meter” program, which featured 15 pieces.

Photo source: tengrinews
Photo source: tengrinews

The goal of the festival was to bring the latest French movies to the Kazakh audience. For example, Mr Stein Goes Online, a romantic comedy directed by Stéphane Robelin and starring Piere Richard, was only released last Wednesday in France. Kazakh viewers had a chance to see the movie only days after its original release in France.

Furthermore, the event aims to commercialize French cinema in Kazakhstan. French films are gaining popularity in Kazakhstan, where distributors are eager to purchase the latest pictures and offer them for rent. According to the organizers, about five to seven films that appeared in the festival will become available for rent in Kazakhstan. Movies remain available for rent even after the festival wrapped up.

A number of film directors and actors, including the Russian actor Yevgeniy Sidikhin who stars in one of the featured movies, descended on Astana and Almaty to partake in the festival.

This year’s program featured a biographical drama directed by Liza Azuelos, Dalida, which chronicles the life of the Egyptian-born Italian singer and actress Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti, known as Dalida. Another offering, In the Forests of Siberia, tells a gripping true-life story of survival set against the picturesque backdrop of the Siberian landscape. The movie is directed by Safy Nebbou.

Comedy lovers enjoyed If I Were a Boy by Audrey Dana and Mr Stein Goes Online by Stéphane Robelin, while melodrama fans were treated to The Midwife by Martin Provost.

Another participating picture was the Oscar-nominated My Life as a Zucchini, a stop motion animated comedy-drama directed by Claude Barras. The animated film offers a profound exploration into the themes of orphanhood, abandonment and acceptance.