BIFF 2017: 26. september - 4. oktober
Cinema Extraordinaire

Harmony Lessons

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Uroki Garmonii
Kasakhstan / Tyskland / 2013 / 1 t. 50 min.
LANGUAGE:
Russisk
UNDERTEKSTER:
Engelsk
CAST:
Timier Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Andassov, Anelya Adilbekova
DIRECTOR:
Emir Baigazin
WRITER:
Emir Baigazin
CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Aziz Zhambakiyev
PRODUCER:
Anna Katchko
Teenage revenge in rural Kazakhstan

HARMONY LESSONS is a spectacularly assured debut feature by Kazakh director Emir Baigazin. Through the use of sparse and static imagery, he infuses the tale of 13 year old Aslan's struggle with school bully Bolat with a hypnotic rhythm and a sense of calm which is both poetic and unsettling. As the thuggish Bolat makes Aslan an outcast among his peers, the highly intelligent and emotionally distant young man goes about planning his revenge with the utmost methodical precision.

 

Shown in 2013

Emir Baigazin

Born in Kazakhstan, EMIR BAIGAZIN was a theatre actor in Aktobe before studying film and television directing. His first feature-length drama, HARMONY LESSONS, premiered in competition at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.