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Harmony Lessons (2013)
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Director:Emir Baigazin Producer:Anna Katchko Screenplay by:Emir Baigazin Cinematography:Aziz Zhambakiyev

Edited by:Emir Baigazin  Running time:120 min Country:Kazakhstan Language:Kazakh, Russian Genre:Drama  Subtitle:English  Starring: Timur Aidarbekov as Aslan, Aslan Anarbayev as Bolat, Mukhtar Andassov as Mirsain,
Anelya Adilbekova as Akzhan
, Omar Adilov as Mad, Adlet Anarbekov as Takhir, Daulet Anarbekov as Damir,
Nursultan Nurbergenov as Maksat
, Nurdaulet Orazymbetov as Daniyar, Erasyl Nurzhakyp as Arsen,
Assan Kirkabakov as Shikan
, Ramazan Sultanbek as Gani
, Germany

 
 

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ҧ:17 wins & 17 nominations.

 

 

Amiens International Film Festival 2013

Won
Best Actor
Timur Aidarbekov 
Won
Golden Unicorn
Emir Baigazin 
 

Annonay International Festival of First Films 2014

Nominated
Grand Jury Prize
Emir Baigazin 
 

Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013

Won
High Commendation
Achievement in Directing
Emir Baigazin 
Nominated
Asia Pacific Screen Award
Achievement in Directing
Emir Baigazin 
 

Asian Film Awards 2014

Nominated
Asian Film Award
Best Cinematographer
Aziz Zhambakiev 
 

Berlin International Film Festival 2013

Won
Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost"
Emir Baigazin 
Won
Silver Berlin Bear
Outstanding Artistic Contribution
Aziz Zhambakiev 
For the camera.
Nominated
Golden Berlin Bear
Emir Baigazin 
 

Chicago International Film Festival 2013

Nominated
Audience Choice Award
Emir Baigazin 
 

Cinemanila International Film Festival 2013

Nominated
Lino Brocka Award
International Competition
Emir Baigazin 
 

CinEuphoria Awards 2014

Nominated
CinEuphoria
Best Film - International Competition
Anna Kachko (producer) 
Emir Baigazin (director) 
Best Actor - International Competition
Timur Aidarbekov 
Best Supporting Actor - International Competition
Mukhtar Andassov 
Best Screenplay - International Competition
Emir Baigazin 
Best Editing - International Competition
Emir Baigazin 
 

CPH PIX 2013

Nominated
New Talent Grand PIX
Emir Baigazin 
 

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 2014

Won
Critics Award
Best Foreign First Film
Emir Baigazin 
 

Ghent International Film Festival 2013

Won
Special Mention
Emir Baigazin 
Harmony Lessons features a clear and simple way of storytelling.
Nominated
Grand Prix
Emir Baigazin 
 

Hong Kong International Film Festival 2014

Nominated
SIGNIS Award
Emir Baigazin 
 

Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival 2013

Won
João Bénard da Costa Special Jury Award
Emir Baigazin 
 

Oslo Films from the South Festival 2013

Nominated
Films from the South Award
Best Feature
Emir Baigazin (director) 
 

Philadelphia Film Festival 2013

Won
Best First Time Director
Emir Baigazin 
Won
Honorable Mention
Best Cinematography
Aziz Zhambakiev 
 

Sakhalin International Film Festival 2013

Won
Best Director Award
Emir Baigazin 
Nominated
Grand Prix
Emir Baigazin 
 

Seattle International Film Festival 2013

Won
New Director''s Showcase Award
Emir Baigazin 

Emir Baigazin''s astounding debut feature Harmony Lessons set the bar for all the films that the ... 

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São Paulo International Film Festival 2013

Won
Critics Special Award
Emir Baigazin 
Won
International Jury Award
Best Feature Film
Emir Baigazin 
 

Tokyo FILMeX 2013

Won
Special Jury Prize
Emir Baigazin 

For its talented vision that takes us into a male world through a metaphor where harmony of ... 

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Nominated
Grand Prize
Emir Baigazin 
 

Tribeca Film Festival 2013

Won
Best New Narrative Director - Special Jury Mention
Emir Baigazin 
 

Warsaw International Film Festival 2013

Won
NETPAC Award
Emir Baigazin 

For the depiction of a highly sensitive subject matter expressed in a striking visual manner, for ... 

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Harmony Lessons (Kazakh: Асланның сабақтары, Russian: Уроки гармонии) is a 2013 Kazakh-German drama film directed by Emir Baigazin. The film premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival[1] where Aziz Zhambakiyev won the award for an outstanding artistic contribution
Harmony Lessons is set in a small Kazakhstan village, where Aslan, a thirteen-year-old boy living with his grandmother is a diligent student, bullied by an older boy Bolat and his gang connected with adult criminals and prisoners. The plot concerns Aslan''s humiliations, and slow revenge.
In this insightful Kazakh film, symbolism and striking cinematography help us navigate the complicated landscape of a teenager’s mind after the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Emir Baigazin wrote, edited and directed this fascinating Darwinist first feature, which, through his still shots, reminds us of Bresson and the best parts of Japanese film noir. — Frédéric Boyer at the Tribeca Film Festival







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