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Reception of applications for the XVIII Kazan International Muslim Film Festival began in January 1, 2022, and will last till June 1, 2022. KIMFF-2022 will be held in Kazan from September 7 to 11 with the support of the president of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, in partnership with the strategic vision group “Russia – Islamic world”.


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Place: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Dates: 07-11.09.2022

Thursday, 08 July 2021 00:00

The Lake 


«The Lake», drama, 100 min., DCP, color, 2020, Kyrgyzstan

Production: “OYMO”  Studio jointly with "Aytysh" Film Studio

Director: Emil Atageldiev

Scriptwriters: Erke Dzhumakmatova and Emil Atageldiev

Director of photography: Ivan Chengich

Production Designer: Bayishbek Ismanov

                                 Composer: Taalay Beysheev

                                 Sound: Kalybek Sherniyazov

                                 Producers: Erke Dzhumakmatova ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Sadyk Sher-Niyaz

                                 Co-producers: Talant Tolobekov and Aizhan Chynybaeva

                                 Cast: Artykpai Suyundukov, Bolot Tentimyshov, Malika Aidabosunova, 

                                         Ainura Kachkynbek Kyzy, Sanzhar Omurbayev




● World premiere 23rd Shanghai IFF, 25.07 – 02.08.2020

●“The Lake" was forward as candidacy from Kyrgyzstan for the Golden Globe Award 2021

● Participant of the main competition of the Asian World Film Festival, 10-15.03.2021

● Official Selection of the British Independent Film Festival, 28.05 – 04.06.2021


Synopsis.On the shore of Issyk-Kul lake live Temirkul – old history teacher, who in past tragically lost his only daughter. The old man follower of old legends that Kyrgyzs’ since ancient time never eat fish from sacred lake believing that those are souls of ancestors waiting for new incarnation. His neighbor – Askhat – feeds his family by being a fish poacher, embittered by daily survival. And 11-year-old poacher’s daughter Jyldyz, who feels a deep inner protest against poaching. She sincerely believes in the legend and doesn’t eat fish is like old man too, which causes lack of understanding of her family and peers. When the wife of an old man suddenly dies, they have a conflict with Askhat. The old teacher wants to bury his wife to ancient custom. But Askhat impose by force his will on the old man and takes all worries about “decent” funeral according to accepted traditions upon himself.


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Emil Atagel'diev


Emil Atageldiev– famous Kyrgyz pianist. In 2010

He is graduated  the Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors, Moscow.  He is - the member of the Union of the Kyrgyz film-makers. Film“TheLake” hisdebut.