Harmony Lessons

Harmony Lessons  {Uroki garmonii}
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Harmony Lessons
Uroki garmonii
Kazakhstan, 2013, 115 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany, France
Topics: Coming of Age, Crime, Teen
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Kazakh English Sub-Titles

Awards: Berlin: Award for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution - Cinematgraphy (Silver Bear) SIFF: New Dir S

One of the year’s most exciting discoveries, this gripping tale of bullying and revenge makes a village high school in rural Kazakhstan a microcosm for the ills of Kazakh society. The protagonist is smart, fastidious, 13-year-old Aslan, who lives with his grandmother on an isolated farm. On his first day at school he falls victim to a humiliating prank pulled by his thuggish classmate Bolat. Not only is Aslan traumatized, but the bully persuades the other boys to treat him as an outcast, never speaking to him or shaking his hand. When a new boy from the capital arrives mid-semester he tries to resist Bolat’s reign of terror. Meanwhile, Aslan methodically plots his revenge…

“Rich and strange: an existential coming-of-age revenge movie. Intriguing, laconic, mysterious [Harmony Lessons] derives much of its impact from a script that keeps us guessing throughout and from the committed leading performances of its non-professional adolescent cast.”
- Lee Marshall, Screen

Winner: Grand Prix and Best Actor, Amiens Film Festival; New Directors Showcase, Seattle Film Festival; New Filmmakers, Sao Paolo Best Cinematography, Berlin Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Emir Baigazin
Producer: Anna Katchko
Editor: Emir Baigazin
Screenwriter: Emir Baigazin
Cinematographer: Aziz Zhambakiyev
Principal Cast: Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Andassov, Anelya Adilbekova, Bibitzhan Muslimov, Omar Adilov
Filmography: Debut Feature

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