Harmony Lessons

A film by Emir Baigazin

2013 KAZAKHSTAN, GERMANY, FRANCE - Drama Modern Tale


Aslan, a 13-year-old boy living with his grandma, is a student in a high crime rate village school in Kazakhstan.Corruption and violence conflict drastically with his obsession for perfectionism. Aslan sees all the evil in the school gang leader Bolat, who humiliates him in front of all his classmates and extorts money to all the kids, beating them up severely.Out of good motives to rid his school of crime, Aslan decides to take action against Bolat...

  • cast

    • Timur Aidarbekov (Aslan)
    • Aslan Anarbayev (Bolat)
    • Mukhtar Andassov (Mirsayin)
    • Anelya Adilbekova (Akzhan)
    • Beibitzhan Muslimov (Chief Inspector)
  • crew +

    • Director / Writer / Editor
    • Emir Baigazin
    • Producer
    • Anna Katchko (JCS Kazakhfilm)
    • Co-producers
    • Rebekka Garrido (The Post Republic Halle)
    • Michael Reuter (The Post Republic Halle)
    • Karsten Stoter (Rohfilm)
    • Benny Drechsel (Rohfilm)
    • Guillaume De Seille (Arizona Productions)
    • Director of Photography
    • Aziz Zhambakiyev
    • Sound
    • Markus Khrohn
    • Sergey Lobanov

awards & nominations +

  • Silver Bear for an outstanding contribution in camera Berlin 2013
  • Special Jury Mention at Tribeca 2013
  • Best Director Award Basel festival 2013
  • Grand Jury Prize for Best New Director at Seattle festival 2013
  • Blue Angel for Best Film at Art Film Fest 2013
  • Special Mention at Ghent film festival
  • NETPAC award at Warsaw IFF
  • Best New Director at Sao Paulo IFF
  • Selected at the Asian Pacifc Awards for Achievement in Directing
  • Special Prize of the Jury Estoril 2013
  • Special Jury Prize at Filmex 2013
  • Angers Jury Award for Best European Film
  • Special Jury Mention Discovery Festival
  • Emerging Filmmaker Award @ Minneapolis
  • Filmfest DC Busboys and Poets First Feature Award @ Washington DC IFF

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screenings in festivals & markets +