07/10/2022
Berlin film festival 2022 Kazakh film "Poet"

“Poet” Enters the Berlin Film Festival 2022

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There are many international film festivals around the world but one of the most highly admirable and prestigious is the Berlin film festival. The Berlin international film festival 2022 has a different attraction this year. The show will be held as an in-person event.

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Because of the pandemic, the event was miserable in 2021 but Berlin Film Festival 2022 seems to be more attractive this time. For the first 10 titles in Forum 2022, the Kazakh film “Akyn” (Poet) reserves a place. Enriching the country’s culture, “Poet” is a representative of new wave films in the country. 

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The 72nd Berlin International film festival has already released its First Films for the Berlinale Special. The event will kick off from 10th Feb 2022 and will continue to 20th Feb.  

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Directed by Darezhan Omirbayev, the film has already been awarded many times in various international film festivals. Recently, the most important example is the 34th Tokyo International film festival. The film was heavily appreciated by the jury and also awarded the Best Director prize.

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The prominent filmmaker from Kazakhstan has directed 9 films to date. There are 6 feature films, 3 short films, and 1 medium-length digital film. 

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With these, he has been a popular name in every international film festival. His film “Killer” screened at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and won the Prize Un Certain Regard. The Kazakh film industry has recently given some noteworthy films.

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Not only selected for the international film festivals but those movies have got various prestigious awards. With the country’s rich culture, “Poet” makes another level to its film industry. 

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A Brief About “Poet” Selected for the Berlin International Film Festival 2022

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The story of “Poet” is based upon “The Author’s Evening” written by the German writer Hermann Hesse. It explores the life of a struggling poet who is awkward with his surrounding. He works as an editor in a small Kazakh newspaper. His people don’t take his poetry seriously. This is the pain of a creative artist what we see around the world. Because people are not interested in his writing instead they are more interested in technology. 

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The film explores the gradually fading state of the poetry world. It raises the issue of a creative person being misunderstood by others and the existence of the Kazakh language.

In an interview, the director said, It was a story about a writer attending an event honoring his work. “The author expected to be greeted by an excited audience, but found only an empty hall…,” He came across the story when he was on a trip to Locarno. 

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This is another film that premieres and releases worldwide. Other films releases worldwide are “Mukagali” by Bolat Kalymbetov, “Tomiris” by Akan Satayev,  “The Horse Thieves” by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov, and “Akyn” (Poet) by Darezhan Omirbayev.

In addition, ten films were also premiered at the Eurasian Creative Guild Film Festival. Where Mukagali won the Ecumenical Award at the International Tallinn Black Night Film Festival, Maryam won the honorary award at the Cannes Short Film Festival. 

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Though the full program is still under work to expose, the selected ten films have already started to gain attention all over the world. Where “Akyn” (Poet) comes from Kazakhstan, The Middle Ages comes from Argentina and Super Natural from Portugal. There are 7 more on the list.


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