Central Asian Film market

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Film industry in Central Asia is experiencing strong growth. The quantity and quality of exclusive national contents continue to increase. The region’s film industry became the subject of discussion among participants of the Eurasian Film Festival in Astana. According to foreign experts, Kazakhstan’s film industry has all the right conditions for the production of modern, competitive and feature films.

YELENA YATSURA, RUSSIAN FILM PRODUCER:
- It seems to me that the Central Asian region has a huge potential to make spectacular, entertaining movies. You have grandiose locations and unique sceneries. Filmmaking is visual art and it must be very full.

GULBARA TOLOMUSHOVA, KYRGYZ FILM EXPERT:
- There has always been a dynamic Kazakh and Kyrgyz cinema in Central Asia. Now, the Uzbek and Tajik cinema are rapidly gaining momentum. This is very encouraging for the region’s industry.

Kyrgyzstan has demonstrated the whole variety of filmmaking at Eurasian Festival this year. The republic took part in four out of eight nominations.

GULBARA TOLOMUSHOVA, KYRGYZ FILM EXPERT:
- “The Life” movie by Cholponai Borubaeva takes the nomination for the best short film, the movie "Sayakbai" by Ernest Abdyjaparov was nominated in the "Caravan of Central Asia" competition and the “Around the World" program. Is also a film by Temir Birnazarov, “Night Accident". The "Sulaiman Mountain" by Elizaveta Stishova is nominated in the main competition.

The action of the last film takes place in the Kyrgyz city of Osh, where Sulaiman Mountain is located. The mountain is a sacred area for the local people. A boy named Uluk visits the place to ask for happiness for his family during difficult times.

According to the ‘Sulaiman Mountain’ film producer, the project demonstrates the successful cooperation between five countries, which includes Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland and Romania.

YELENA YATSURA, RUSSIAN FILM PRODUCER:
- The plot of the film is love triangle. There are two women, adult and young. And there is a man whose love each woman wants to gain. They try to capture his heart by any means possible. This film is full of life and the public appreciates that.

The psychological drama "Perseverance" was presented by Uzbekistan. The film is about events that happened before the republic’s independence. It also tells a story about the difficult life of former warrior-internationalist, Karim Mirxodiev.

KARIM MIRKHADIYEV, UZBEK ACTOR:
- I have read the script and I liked the theme of the film. The Afghan theme, the end of the 80s, the war in Afghanistan, the life of three comrades and let’s say the fate of a man who fulfills his duties and dies with a clear conscience.

Films that are shown at the festival demonstrate not only on the history and culture of the regions, but also the dynamic development of cinematographic art of Central Asia.