Samal Yeslyamova was born in 1984 in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan. She later studied at the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts from 2007 to 2011 and currently lives in Moscow. She made her screen debut in Tulpan (2008), Sergey Dvortsevoy’s drama that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The film won many awards including the APSA for Best Feature Film. At the time of filming Tulpan, Yeslyamova was only 19 years old and struggled during her month living in a nomadic yurt for the shoot. Ten years later, she starred in Ayka (2018), only Yeslyamova’s second feature film. In the film, also directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy, she is rarely off screen. At the 2018 Cannes Film Festival she was awarded the prize for Best Actress, and was later nominated for the APSA for Best Performance by an Actress. She followed Ayka with The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time (2019) and received her second APSA nomination.

Accolades

Samal Yeslyamova
Best Actress, 2019

Samal Yeslyamova

Best Actress, 2019

Samal Yeslyamova

The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time

Samal Yeslyamova was born in 1984 in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan. She later studied at the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts from 2007 to 2011 and currently…

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Samal Yeslyamova
Best Actress, 2018

Samal Yeslyamova

Best Actress, 2018

Samal Yeslyamova

Ayka

Samal Yeslyamova was born in 1984 in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan. She later studied at the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts from 2007 to 2011 and currently…

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Films

Ayka
2018

Ayka

Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, People's Republic of China, Germany, Poland
2018

Ayka

Ayka just gave birth. She can’t afford to raise a child. She has no job, debts to be paid, not even a room of her…

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The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time
2019

The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time

Kazakhstan, Japan
2019

The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time

12-year-old Olzhas is the eldest son of a family who live in the foothills of Tian Shan, the large span of mountain ranges that cross…

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Tulpan
2008

Tulpan

Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Poland, Germany
2008

Tulpan

Winner, Best Feature Film, 2008 Asa’s dream is to become a sheepherder and have a flock of his own. We are introduced to Asa, handsomely…

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