Mikulai film is included in the Ethnic Cinema: the Points of Growth program of the XIX KIMFF

The non-competition programs "The Turkic World" and "Ethnic Cinema: Points of Growth" of the XIX Kazan International Muslim Film Festival have been determined. The program "Turkic World" includes 10 examples of the cinematography of Turkic-speaking peoples. "Ethnic Cinema" includes nine films telling about the traditions and customs of nations around the world.

The vivid accent in the palette of the non-competition program of the Kazan Film Festival is traditionally made by the section "The Turkic World." The selection committee of the film forum provides interesting, sometimes unusual examples for the audience in a unique interpretation by a variety of filmmakers from around the world. Svetlana Slapke (Germany), a member of the selection committee of the festival, Doctor of Philosophy and Art History, film critic, author of articles and publications about the culture and cinema of Central Asia and Türkiye, and CEO of the Eurasia Global Connecting agency, said that this year the "Turkic World" program included 10 films, among which are four Russian films. The remaining films represent Kazakhstan, Türkiye, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

"The program "Turkic World" is very popular among the audience of the Kazan Muslim Film Festival." It presents films of Turkic-speaking nations close to the Tatars in terms of language, religion, and culture. As Svetlana Slapke stressed, "along with famous cinematographers from Türkiye, Kazakhstan, or Kyrgyzstan, there is always a place for young and interesting regional films of the Turkic-speaking regions of Russia, among which Tatarstan and Yakutia are usually especially vividly represented."

In her opinion, although the cinematography of each country differs, they interact well with each other in this program, sometimes complementing each other. And young cinematographers from the regions have the opportunity to communicate with recognized masters and learn from them various artistic forms of expression of the cinema language.

"The peculiarity of the "Turkic World" program this year is that there are no films on historical themes in the program, which were so widely presented in this program earlier." The thematic spectrum has clearly shifted towards current relevant problems with reflections into the past. "Another feature of this year is that Kazakhstan is represented by three films, completely different in theme and style, reflecting the genre diversity of cinema in this country," Svetlana Slapke explained.

In general, the program "Turkic World" turned out to be diverse, and those who like Turkic cinematography can find films to their taste in it. In particular, viewers will be able to see the film "Steppe", starring Seidulla Moldakhanov and Sergey Garmash, about the irreconcilable struggle of an idealistic inspector with poachers. The film "Path" is the first Altai full-length feature film and therefore deserves attention. And the "Dream" from Tatarstan is dedicated to interpersonal and interfamily relationships that are relevant this year. It tells about inner spiritual loneliness, manifested at any age, and about young adults who feel responsible not only for themselves but also for their loved ones and single parents. Svetlana Slapke emphasized that the film corresponds to the main concept of this program: to show as wide a range of themes, possibilities, and expressive means of cinematography from Turkic-speaking nations as possible.

The program "Ethnic Cinema: Points of Growth" was compiled by the well-recognized film critic Sergei Anashkin. Selected films were made in the national regions of the Russian Federation. Here are short and full-length films from Udmurtia, Yakutia, Mari El, Bashkortostan and Tatarstan.

According to Sergey Anashkin, in the "Ethnic Cinema", five Yakutian films that were not distributed nationally will be presented at once. This is a children's film, "The Old Woman Beibirikeen-2," a fairy tale about acts of bravery, the eternal struggle of good and evil, the drama "Fight" about the difficult fate of the former champion, as well as three debut short films. Tatarstan is represented in the program by the ethno-thriller "Mikulai" based on the play by Mansur Gilyazov and directed by Ilshat Rakhimbai, starring Viktor Sukhorukov. "This film tells about the representatives of the Tatar sub ethos Kryashen. The film critic explained that famous Moscow actors played the main roles in this parable.

We remind you that the XIX Kazan International Muslim Film Festival will be held in the capital of Tatarstan from September 5 to 9 with the support of the Rais of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and the Ministry of Culture of Russia, as well as in partnership with the strategic vision group "Russia-Islamic World". The Kazan festival is held under the motto "Through the dialogue of cultures, to the culture of dialogue."

The program "Turkic World" can be found here.
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