The film “Walnut tree” was awarded at the International Film Festival in France
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The film “Walnut tree” directed by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov and produced by JSC “Kazakhfilm” named after Shaken Aimanov participated in the Main Competition of the 22nd International Festival of Asian Cinema Vesoul (France). It won International Jury Special Mention awards (“To the talent/flair to evoke a smile despite tough/complicated economic and political situation”) and Press Jury Special Mentions awards (“To the graphic and bold image of rural living”). The film “Walnut tree” was selected by professionals among the best Asian films to the Festival programme.
This film is a story about ordinary family, their life. The film director Yerlan Nurmukhambetov personally presented his film to the French audience. In the festival also took apart films from 8 countries from China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, the Philippines, and Turkey. The film “Walnut tree” was warmly greeted by the audience and sparked off a lively dispute among professionals and critics. In total, at this festival more than 90 films were shown.
The head of the International Jury of the 22nd FICA was Korean director Im Sang-Soo. Other members of the International Jury included: Indonesian director Nan Triveni Achnas, Iranian producer and actress Mania Akbari, Thai director Euthana Mukdasanit.
The Film Festival in Vesoul is the greatest and oldest cultural forum of Asian cinema in France and Europe. Asian film fans from France, as well as from Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany and Italy came to this Festival. Throughout the Festival’s existence following films of the production of JSC “Kazakhfilm” named after Shaken Aimanov participated in the Competition fiction feature: “The Gift to Stalin” directed by Rustem Abdrashev (The Grand-Prix, 2008), Nariman Turebayev’s “Sunny days”(2012) and “Adventure”. Furthermore, in 2012 the Kazakhstan retrospective was at the programme of Festival.
It should be recalled that the film “Walnut tree” won New Current Busan International Film Festival Prize at the 20th Busan International Film Festival, which was held in the October in South Korea. The film was also participated in the competition of innovative films Free Spirit Competition at the 31st Warsaw Film Festival.