The press-screening of historical feature film “Kunanbay” about the life of Kunanbay Oskenbaiuly – the father of great Abay – was held in the Central Communications Service under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Astana.
The film director is the scriptwriter, actor of stage and screen, director, People’s Artist of Kazakhstan, laureate of the state prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan Doskhan Zholzhaksynov. He is known for connoisseurs of the art of cinema for his roles in many films, including "Pogonya v stepi" (1979), "Golden autumn" (1980), "Nomads" (2010), and others. His films become philosophically rich: as an actor he brings to them the feeling of irreversibility of goodness. As a director, Doskhan Zholzhaksynov made debut with feature film "Birzhan sal" in 2008, which was highly appreciated not only by film critics and audience in Kazakhstan, but also in many foreign countries.
- Many people know Kunanbay as a head of district, judge. And we wanted to show him from other side, as a man. We have prepared for this film for about 7 years, looked over a lot of literature, - said the film director Doskhan Zholzhaksynov.
The film doesn’t only tell the biography of the legendary historical figure, but also recreates the period of our country in the 19th century. The film has an entertaining storyline full of unexpected turns of life, and designed for a mass audience, for an exciting excursion into the historical past of Kazakhstan.
The script was written by Doskhan Zholzhaksynov and talented son of the Kazakh people, a unique phenomenon of Kazakh culture and art, an outstanding writer prematurely passed away Talasbek Asemkulov.
Shooting of the film "Kunanbay" was in the homeland of Kunanbay in the village Karaul in Abay district of Semipalatinsk region and in the Almaty region.
The film "Kunanbay" will be released in Kazakhstan in autumn 2015.