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 to adjust to household chores and motherly duties required during her month living in a nomadic yurt for the shoot. Ayka is Yeslyamova’s second feature film and is rarely off screen. At the 2018 Cannes Film Festival she was awarded the prize for Best Actress.

Accolades

Samal Yeslyamova
Best Performance by an Actress, 2018

Samal Yeslyamova

Ayka
Best Performance by an 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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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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