Kazakhstan Film Week in London 2019

Dear friends!

We are proud to announce that from 28th October to 1st November 2019, the Kazakhstan Film Week is being held in the heart of London, at Vue West End (Leicester Square) cinema. While once our great storytellers delighted their audiences with epics told through poems and songs, they now turn to film.

Throughout the week, one of London's most iconic cinemas will be holding screenings of some of the greatest Kazakh films released in recent years, including Ayka, Amanat, Returnee, The Old Man, and The Road to Mother.

Many of these films represent a key part of Kazakh culture; a legacy of storytelling brought to life through modern retellings and celebrations of our history and past heroes. They are well-loved within Kazakhstan, the majority having been selected as the country's entries for the Academy Awards, and the upcoming film week will allow international audiences to enjoy these remarkable journeys and tales of the Great Steppe.

Monday, 28th October:

18:00 - Opening ceremony

18:45 - Screening of Returnee by Sabit Kurmanbekov

A family returns from Afghanistan to their historic homeland of Kazakhstan. They are met with intense struggles as they adjust to their new community, in a film which was commended at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film festival.

20:20 - Discussion with:

- Screenwriter Nurlan Sanzhar, and

- Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Lincoln Dr. Rico Isaacs.

21:00 - End



Tuesday, 29th October:

18:00 - Screening of The Road To Mother by Akan Satayev

Nominated for the Ak Ilbirs National Film Awards, The Road To Mother focuses on the plight of one Kazakh family since the 1930s; how they overcame war, famine, and separation all through the bonds of family.

20:20 - Discussion with:

- Actor in a leading role Adil Akhmetov, and

- Senior Lecturer at the University College London Dr. Seth Graham

21:00 - End



Wednesday, 30th October:

18:00 - Screening of Amanat by Satybaldy Narymbetov

A Tulpar Film Award-winning epic story told across three periods of Kazakh history in the 19th and 20th century, exploring the plight of those working towards freedom and liberation in Kazakhstan.

- Actor in a leading role Berik Aitzhanov, and

- Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck University Professor Ian Christie FBA

21:00 - End



Thursday, 31st October:

18:00 - Screening of Shal (The Old Man) by Ermek Tursunov

A Kazakh retelling of Ernest Hemmingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, exploring the power of the human spirit when forced to fight for survival, which was nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

20:00 - Discussion with:

- Film Producer Kanat Torebay, and

Professor Jeremy Hicks, Queen Mary University of London.

21:00 - End



Friday, 1st November: 

18:00 - Screening of Ayka by Sergey Dvortsevoy

Cannes award-winning Ayka tells the harrowing story of a young Kyrgyz woman trying to survive in Moscow despite increasing adversity.

20:05 - Discussion with:

- Film Director Sergey Dvortsevoy;

- Actress in a leading role Samal Yeslyamova;

Birgit Beumers, Professor Emerita, Film Studies, Aberystwyth University.

20:45 - Closing reception

22:00 - End


Created at : 20.09.2019, 14:30, Updated at : 20.09.2019, 14:30