The Wounded Angel

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    The Wounded Angel

    Ranenyy Angel

    Directed by

    Kazakhstan, Germany, France


    113 min

    • Russian
    • Kazakh


    Four loosely connected stories set in a small town in Kazakhstan at the beginning of the 90s, a time of transition from the Soviet era to a new state inscribed with emotional and economic depression. Each of the four main characters, all of whom are 13 years old, must go through a painful transition themselves; this presents them with a moral dilemma. They turn from being children – or ‘angels’ – to grown-ups, and are wounded along the way.


    • FIPRESCI Award - Eurasia IFF


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    Nurlybek Saktaganov
    Madiyar Aripbay
    Madiyar Nazarov
    Omar Adilov
    Anzara Barlykova
    Emir Baigazin
    Yves Capes
    Emir Baigazin


    The drama is transfixing even when it's perplexing, every frame a composition of austere beauty.

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

    Emir Baigazin

    Emir Baigazin


    I respect and know a lot of big names in cinema, but I get my inspiration more from the fine arts—from paintings rather than any directors in particular.

    Born in 1984 in Alga Province in Kazakhstan, Emir Baigazin studied Direction and Cinema at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts in Almaty and also in the Asian Film Academy (AFA) at the Busan Film Festival led by Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang and Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. His debut feature HARMONY LESSONS won a Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the Berlinale 2013, among over 20 other recognitions worldwide (film festivals in Sao Paulo, Seattle, Tribeca, and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia). THE WOUNDED ANGEL, which had won the International Arte Prize at the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Work-in-Progress Prize at the Sarajevo FF, premiered at Berlinale Panorama 2016.

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