Almaty Showcase for Fresh Film Talent

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15:22 11.05.2011
source: EurasiaNet
text: Paul Bartlett
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Up-and-coming movie directors will be in the spotlight this week as Almaty hosts its ninth-annual international film festival, Shaken’s Stars.

The event highlights the work of young filmmakers from Kazakhstan, Russia, India, Japan, Germany, Austria, England and a host of other countries. Some 55 films will be competing in three categories--Young Cinema, made by directors under 35, Student Cinema, and Debuts.

The festival has become a regular spring event for Almaty's film buffs. Named after Shaken Aimanov, a leading light in Soviet-era Kazakh cinema, whose name also graces the 'Kazakhfilm' studios in Almaty, the event runs May 11-15 at the Silk Way City multiplex.

This year there will be a special focus on new cinema from neighbouring Kyrgyzstan. Eight films produced in the country in the past year will be featured in a separate showcase running alongside the main program.

Originally published by EurasiaNet