The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Romania, in collaboration with KMG International, offers film enthusiasts the second edition of Kazakh Film Festival. One of largest event of its kind in Europe, the festival takes place from September 29 through October 01, at Cinema Elvire Popesco (The French Institute).
“The event is organized on the occasion of 25 years of independence of Kazakhstan. It is our great joy to continue to present our nation through the cinema screen, expressing the history and evolution of our society. Both Kazakh and Romanians have similar authentic and fascinating backgrounds, defined by struggles for modernity and successful transformation of our states.” – explained H.E. Daulet Batrashev, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Romania.
“We have been a partner of the Romanian state and a major strategic investor in the local industry and economy for 9 years. We succeeded to consolidate an energy bridge between Romania and Kazakhstan and created strong business partnerships. With this event, we get further and strengthen our cultural bonds, bringing awareness of our similar historical evolution, as countries that fought continuously for independence and have perpetuated its cultural values through difficult times” - Azamat Zhangulov Vice-President of KMG International.
The program of the festival includes 5-film projections produced by Kazakh directors, one of them in French coproduction - “La voix des steppes” with Gerard Depardieu and Natalie Dessay, which depict over 500 years of Kazakhstan’s rich history and culture and various themes such as family bonds, love, loneliness, heroism, solidarity and the fight for freedom.
During the 3 days of the festival, the public will have the opportunity to watch the following films: TheVoice of the Steppe, So the Stars Aligned, The Gift to Stalin, The Old Man, and Kunanbai.
The institutional partners of the event are The French Institute/ Cinema Elvire Popesco, Kazakhfilm Studio. The trailer of the event is available here .
The price of the ticket is 10 lei.
The rich history of this state situated in Central Asia, dates back to the Stone Age when Nomadic tribes have populated the region, but it was only at the beginning of the fifteenth century when the Kazakh identity came into being (http://550kazakhan.kz/?lang=ru).
Currently, the Republic of Kazakhstan is ranked the ninth largest country in the world and has a diversified population of over 130 ethnic groups (due to massive deportations from Stalin’s era) and over 17 million inhabitants.
About KMG International
Owned by KazMunayGas Kazakhstan, KMG International conducts major operations in refining and petrochemicals, retail, trading, upstream and industrial services in 11 main markets. In Romania, the Group operates Petromidia Năvodari refinery, with a processing capacity of 5 million tons per year, Vega Ploiesti Refinery – the oldest unit of its kind in operation since 1905, but also a fuels distribution network of over 716 distribution points, 10 warehouses, 230 LPG supply stations and 9,000 distribution points for gas tanks. The overall investments in the European project realized by KazMunayGas/ KMG International amount to USD 4 billion (including the acquisition price), while the contributions paid to the state budget amount to over USD 12 billion, in the period 2007-2015.
KMG International supports since 2009 initiatives that promote the Romanian culture and identity in Kazakhstan (through partnership with Dacia Association – founded by Romanian speakers), but also the Kazakh culture in Romania, through this festival and other projects such as the concerts of the pianist Amir Tebenikhin, the violonist Zhibek Mussurgaliyeva and Arman Mourzagaliyev, or promotes young talents, laureates of George Enescu Competition (Erzhan Kulibaev).