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Harmony Lessons

Harmony Lessons

Original Title: Uroki garmonii
Directors: Emir Baigazin
France / Germany / Kazakhstan
Kazakh / Russian with English Subtitles
115 min
World Cinema

Writer-director Emir Baigazin announces himself as a major new voice with this startling, ecstatically received debut feature. 13-year-old Aslan lives with his grandmother in rural Kazakhstan, where young thugs run the local schoolyard like an extortion racket, systematically bullying children for their money. After a humiliating incident during a medical examination, Aslan becomes a social outcast, growing increasingly isolated until he decides to take grim revenge on his tormentors. Warning: contains scenes of animal violence.

Links: Website

Producer: Anna Katchko

Principal Cast: Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Andassov

Film Format: DCP

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Emir Baigazin


EPPE and was selected to hands-on training at the Asian Film Academy during the Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea. His teachers were Penek Ratanaruang (Thailand) and Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iran) In February 2008 Emir Baigazin participated at the Berlinale Talent Campus. The project HARMONY LESSONS is his debut feature. The film project participated at Locarno Open Doors 2011, and won Spotlight: New Kazakh Cinema

Screenplay: Emir Baigazin

Producer: Anna Katchko

Editor: Emir Baigazin

Principal Cast: Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Andassov

Production Companies: JCS Kazakhfilm

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