Harmony Lessons / Uroki Garmonii
Emir Baigazin, Kazakhstan, Germany, France, 2013
Directed by: Emir Baigazin
Script: Emir Baigazin
Producer: Anna Katchko, Rebekka Garrido, Michael Reuter, Karsten Stöter, Benny Drechsel
Production company: The Post Republic, Rohfilm GmbH, Kazakhfilm
Cinematography: Aziz Zhambakiyev
Editing: Emir Baigazin
Cast: Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Anadassov, Anelya Adilbekova, Beibitzhan Muslimov
Format: DCP
Running time: 110'

During a medical examination, 13-year-old Aslan is humiliated in front of a load of his fellow pupils. The incident unleashes his latent personality disorder. Plagued by self-doubt, he strives for cleanliness and perfection and is obsessed with trying to control everything around him. His compulsion draws Aslan, who lives with his grandmother in a village in Kazakhstan, into increasingly difficult situations. He abhors the way most of his fellow pupils are held in the sway of a criminal scheme, in which Bolat, one of Aslan’s tormentors, is also involved. Bolat blackmails the younger children into paying him protection money; he has nothing but contempt for ostracised Aslan.

Awards and Festivals
Berlin International Film Festival 2013 - Outstanding Artistic Contribution; Silver Berlin Bear for the Camera
Seattle International Film Festival 2013 - New Director's Showcase Award
Tribeca Film Festival 2013 - Best New Narrative Director - Special Jury Mention

Directors Biography
Emir Baigazin studied film and television directing at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts. In 2007 he participated in the Asian Film Academy in Busan. He is also an alumnus of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus. Baigazin’s debut feature film, 'Harmony Lessons', celebrated its premiere in the Berlinale Competition 2013, where it won a Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution.

Location and screening schedule:
CINEMA TUŠKANAC, Wednesday, October 23rd at 10.30
CINEMA EUROPA, Wednesday, October 23rd at 19.30
CINEMA EUROPA, Thursday, October 24th at 15.00