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by Emir Baigazin


Following a public humiliation in front of his classmates during a medical check-up, a boy named Aslan (13) falls ill with anankastia, a mental disease with persuasive passion for perfectionism. Aslan is a student at a high crime rate village school in Kazakhstan. The dirty criminal world of the school conflicts drastically with Aslan’s perfectionism and sense for beauty and purity. Aslan sees all the evil in the school gang leader Bolat (13), who actually caused Aslan’s humiliation. Bolat is part of the established power system at school: he collects money from younger kids bitting them up severely. Out of good motives to rid his school of crime, Aslan decides to kill Bolat...

international title: Harmony Lessons
original title: Uroki Garmonii
country: Kazakhstan, Germany, France
sales agent: Films Distribution
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Emir Baigazin
film run: 120'
release date: PT 06/03/2014, FR 26/03/2014
screenplay: Emir Baigazin
cast: Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Anadassov, Anelya Adilbekova, Beibitzhan Muslimov
cinematography by: Aziz Zhambakiyev
art director: Yuliya Levitskaya
costumes designer: Ulan Nugumanov
producer: Anna Katchko
co-producer: Rebekka Garrido, Michael Reuter, Karsten Stöter, Benny Drechsel
production: The Post Republic, Rohfilm GmbH, Arizona Productions, Kazakhfilm
distributor: Leopardo Filmes, Arizona Films
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main awards/selection

Berlinale 2013 Silver Bear for Best Artistic Contribution
Aziz Zhambakiyev - Director of Photography
Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2013 
New Zealand International Film Festival 2013 
Locarno Film Festival 2013 
Stockholm International Film Festival 2013 
Sarajevo Film Festival 2013 
San Sebastián Film Festival 2013 
Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival 2013 

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