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The European Film Festival in Kazakhstan wraps its fourth edition

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- Organised by the Delegation of the European Union with the support of Cineuropa, this year’s edition included panels, master classes and a diverse range of movies

The European Film Festival in Kazakhstan wraps its fourth edition
EU Delegation to Kazakhstan press officer Elnara Bainazarova, EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan Sven-Olov Carlsson, and directors Renars Vimba and Caroline Thirion at a conference during the festival

The Chaplin Mega Park theatre in Almaty hosted the fourth edition of the European Film Festival, organised by the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan with the support of Cineuropa. The festival ran from 5-7 November and presented 16 films produced by the European Union member states, as well as organising exclusive master classes led by European filmmakers. The goal of the festival was to present the premieres of films that best represented European cultural heritage, to increase the general public's interest in cinematographic art and to enhance international cooperation.

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All of the movies selected have been the winners of high-level international film awards, including Hubert Charuel’s Bloody Milk [+see also:
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interview: Hubert Charuel
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, Jonas Carpignano’s A Ciambra [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jonas Carpignano
film profile
]
, Edoardo De AngelisThe Vice of Hope [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s Diamantino [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Sc…
film profile
]
, Richard Billingham’s Ray & Liz [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Richard Billingham
film profile
]
, Marco MartinsSaint George [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: Marco Martins
film profile
]
, Peter Bebjak’s The Line [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Andrey Yermak
interview: Peter Bebjak
film profile
]
, Olmo Omerzu’s Winter Flies [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Olmo Omerzu
film profile
]
 and many others.

The festival programme was opened by the debut feature by Renars Vimba, Mellow Mud [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Elina Vaska
interview: Renars Vimba
film profile
]
. On 6 November, the University of Turan hosted a series of master classes for filmmakers and all interested members of the public, given by directors Renars Vimba and Caroline Thirion and focusing on the methodology of pitching, film production and documentary.

"Our audience had an opportunity to experience the richness of European cultural diversity through the different genres of the films, the interesting stories and plots they present, and the variety of languages the actors speak, and I believe that this hardly left anyone indifferent. This year, we tried to strengthen the educational component of the festival, providing young Kazakh filmmakers with a place for meetings and sharing experience. I am glad that this festival is contributing to the development of the film market and has become a platform for the presentation of the best European movies," EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan Sven-Olov Carlsson noted at the end of the gathering.

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