Born in 1984 in Kazakhstan, Emir Baigazin graduated from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts in 2009. In 2007, his project Steppe was selected for hands-on training at the Asian Film Academy during the Busan International Film Festival and in February 2008, Baigazin participated at the Berlinale Talent Campus. His debut feature, Harmony Lessons, won two awards at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize for Best New Director at the Seattle International Film Festival, and the top international prize at Moscow’s 2Morro Film Festival. Baigazin is currently working on a sequel to Harmony Lessons under a Berlinale residency grant.
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