Gulnara Abikeyeva

Art director, International Eurasia Film Festival

Kazakhstan

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Beshkempir

1998

Aktan Arym Kubat

Gabbeh

1996

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Land of Fathers

1966

Shaken Aimanov

Matrix, The

1999

Andy Wachowski/Lana Wachowski

Modern Times

1936

Charles Chaplin

Nights of Cabiria

1957

Federico Fellini

Rashomon

1950

Akira Kurosawa

Solaris

1972

Andrei Tarkovsky

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring…

2003

Kim Ki-Duk

Wild Strawberries

1957

Ingmar Bergman

Comments

For me, the art of Charlie Chaplin – though I’ve chosen Modern Times, it could be any of his films – is the sign of the birth of cinema. We love films neither for the reproduction of real life nor for the entertainment, but for the appearance of the human being. Rashomon shows us impossibility of understanding the world and the inability of discovering the truth – those are, at first sight, European existential values, but they were brought to cinema by its Eastern film director. Everything became possible in cinema because Wild Strawberries appeared. Again, I choose it not for the entertainment purposes, but as a reflection of fantasies and human imagination. Le Notti di Cabiria has absolute genuineness and an attachment to human soul. Neorealism, in my opinion, is the basis of cinema as art. Land of Fathers is one of the best Soviet films of the ‘Thaw’ period. It has not gained worldwide audience because distributing Kazakh films was prohibited during Soviet times. The dialogue of civilisations, an examination of archetypes, finding yourself and your roots – all of these are in the film. “Human needs human” – this is Goethe’s phrase as said by Snaut in Solaris, a film of psychologism, philosophy, aesthetic film language and direct emotions. Gabbeh is a cinematographic anthem of love, nature and life. The story is set in ‘heaven on earth’; its director brought primordial beauty to love. Beshkempir: The Adopted Son displays the Central Asian mentality in contemporary film language. For me, this is the first film that revived my childhood feelings and emotions. The Matrix is a bright image of Buddhist duality and an imaginary replica of the people of the western hemisphere; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring…, meanwhile, also reflects Bhuddist philosophy in the bright visual images and in its portrayal of the path that a human being takes in overcoming himself. This is the reflection of Bhuddist philosophy in the bright visual images and reflection of the path that human being is undertaking in overcoming himself.

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