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Cобытия фестиваля 2010

Zugzwang synopsis

Production – Kazakhstan
Year – 2010
Producers – Igor Zai, Ruben Arzumanov, Vladimir Kim
Directors – Bakhodyr Yuldashev, Dosmukhan Kerimbaev
Director of photography – Mikhail Vorobiev
Screenplay – Igor Zai
Starring: Nurlan Turashev, Alfia Khabibulina, Sergei Nikonenko, Aidos Bektimirov, Oleg Li, Ilya Myachin, Danil Volkovinsky, Aziz Nurmukhamedov, Oleg Ogai.

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Harvey Weinstein: my dad's death was the moment I discovered the wonders of the world of cinema

 

A movie is like a painting. You don’t have to restrict yourself to a particular genre or convention, you’re free to choose any colours and mix them as you please.

Harvey Weinstein, founder Miramax, was one of the most eagerly awaited guests at the Astana film festival. To understand why, you only have to take a look at his filmography.  The programme dedicated a special place to an individual retrospective of the producer of Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, The Kill Bill dilogy, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In addition, he was the only guest at the festival who flatly refused to give any interviews; so we had to make the most of his press conference to ask our questions.

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Dolph Lundgren meeting with the Minister of Sport and Tourism

June 29, T. Dosmukhambetov, the Minister of Tourism and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan, had a meeting with the Film Festival participants – actor Dolph Lundgren and producer Bob Van Ronkel.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry, Film Festival representatives and journalists.

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Yuen Woo-Ping: I became a director because I was lazy

I have always been and still am a perfectionist. And this is not for material gain, rather because I pay great attention to quality. I don’t simply want to receive money, but to create something extraordinary. After editing I review the film and say: “It could have been better!" I think that one has to be stretched to the limit. I always try to achieve perfection and it always ends up being “somewhere in the target area”.

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Dolph Lundgren: Most important is that no one refers to me as: “Who is that slow-witted blond?”

Money and fame is indeed a drug, a very dangerous drug one can easily get hooked on and find terribly difficult to give up. It overwhelms you and changes your nature. I do not want to become a drug addict, therefore I regularly practice detoxication. Karate has become my detoxication method. Karate classes help to clear my soul and mind of star fever.

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Dolf Lundgren will Direct a Film in Russia

Dolph Lundgren’s big break came when he starred as the Russian boxer Ivan Drago in Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky IV. Since then he has been to Moscow many times and speaks quite favorably of Russians. His enthusiasm for Russians appears to be quite heartfelt: the setting of his new film is Russia. Work is still underway on the film script, however some details are already known.

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How Lawrence Bender will make us stop loving a nuclear bomb

Producer of Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Bastards, Lawrence Bender presented the documentary Countdown at the film festival in Astana. The basic idea is simple: "There will be no peace and tranquility on earth as long as there yet remains at least one nuclear missile."

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Greening the city of Astana

On June 29, several famous actors, directors and producers, among them Film Festival President Timur Bekmambetov, producers Mike Simpson and Lawrence Bender, as well as actor, director, screenwriter and producer Dolph Lundgren, participated in tree planting in The Park of the Lovers, Astana.

The event aroused great interest among festival journalists.

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Mike Tyson’s visit to the orphanage in Astana

On June 29th Mike Tyson visited the orphanage in Astana.

The legendary boxer visited several children's groups starting from the babies. Met with doctors, teachers, other staff members of children's home, and answered their many questions.

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Sharlto Copley: UFO is reality

People are too self-confident, they overestimate their capabilities. Besides which, we take a very narrow view, we’re absorbed in our own domestic problems and rarely think of the Universe and other worlds. In order not to overestimate our own importance, we should meditate upon such things more often.

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