Kazakh actress named best actress at Asian Film Awards

Yeslyamova was the first Kazakh to win Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, receiving the award in May 2018 for “Ayka”
Kazakh actress named best actress at Asian Film Awards
23 March 09:27 2019 Print This Article

Kazakh actress Samal Yeslyamova received the best actress award for her role in “Ayka”  at the 13th Asian Film Awards. Her recognition was congratulated by Minister of Culture and Sport Arystanbek Mukhamediuly.

The ceremony is viewed as the Asian equivalent of the Academy Awards.

Koji Yakusho (Japan) received the best actor award for “The Blood of Wolves” and “Shoplifters” took home the best film award. Zhang Yu (“Dying to Survive,” China) claimed the best supporting actor award and best supporting actress went to Hong Kong veteran Kara Wei for “Tracey.” Hong Kong first-time helmer Oliver Chan was judged as the best new director for “Still Human,” Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke was awarded best screenplay for “Ash Is Purest White”and director Felix Chong’s “Project Gutenberg” won best visual effects.

“Ayka” portrays a Central Asian immigrant struggling with the emotional turmoil of giving up her child while surviving as a labour migrant in Moscow.

Born Sept. 1, 1984 in Petropavlovsk, Yeslyamova graduated from GITIS (Russian Institute of Theatre Arts) in 2011. Prior to her role in “Ayka” she worked on Dvortsevoy’s “Tulpan,” which tells about the life of Kazakh shepherds and won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes in 2008.

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