The “Kulager-2019” awards were held in Almaty
As part of cinematic tradition, the leading Kazakh film awards – “Kulager-2019” was held in Almaty. Organized by the Filmmakers’ Union of Kazakhstan.
“The Secret of a Leader” directed by FarkhatSharipov was named “Best Feature Film”. While receiving the trophy from the hands of YermekTursunov, head of Filmmakers’ Union of Kazakhstan, Sharipov mentioned it was 10 years ago that he received his very first “Kulager” award for his debut feature “Tale of a Pink Bunny”. Actor YerzhanTussupov who was the leading cast in “The Secret of a Leader”, also received the award for ‘Best Male Performance”. ActressAruzhanJazilbekova was awarded for “Best Female Performance” for her part in “Composer” movie.
AdilkhanYerzhanov was honored with the “Best Director” trophy for ‘A Dark, Dark Man” movie which has received the Asia Pacific Screen Awards-2019 award earlier this year.
Some other of acclaimed Kazakh filmmakers were also awarded – TasbolatMerekenov (Best Producer, “Zhaksylyk”), Nikolay Raissov (Best Script, “60 days of war” documentary), Alexander Rubanov (Best Cinematography, “Berkutchi” and “AdayZhylkysy” documentaries), director NurgeldySadygulov (Best Debut Feature, “BaluanSholak”), production designer Vladimir Aryskin (Life Achievement).
“SerkeKozhamkulov. Play it real” film directed by Alexei Kamenskywas named “Best Documentary”. “Kultegin” directed by AdayAbeldinov received ‘Best Animation Feature” trophy.
Rashid Nugmanov received an honorary “Legend” award for his ‘the Needle” cult movie. The director mentioned it was the first award that he received at his home country.
Among the other winners were RenatGaissin (Best score, “Tomiris” historical epic), ZhaidarbekKunguzhinov (Best Stunt), Oleg Boretsky (Best Film Critic).
The “Kulager” film awards was founded in 2007 by the Filmmakers’ Union of Kazakhstan.