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Sochi International Film Festival & Awards (SIFFA) in Cambridge: FIRE (dir. Aizhan Kassymbek, 2021, Kazakhstan)

Tuesday 15 February, 2022, 19:00 - 21:00

FIRE is the debut feature film of Kazakh film-maker Aizhan Kassymbek.

Lead actor Tolepbergen Baisakalov won Best Actor at the Sochi International Film Festival & Awards (SIFFA). FIRE premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea before travelling to FilmFestival Cottbus in Germany, the Singapore International Film Festival and the Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles, where Baisakalov picked up the Snow Leopard for Best Actor.

Director: Aizhan Kassymbek

Screenplay: Aizhan Kassymbek, Alibek Duyssenbiyev, Chingiz Yeskendirov, Malik Kassabekov

Producer: Diana Ashimova

DOP: Aigul Nurbulatova

Composer: Jong Ho Choi

Sound: Ilya Gariyev

Set designer: Ayana Nurdinova

Editor: Aidana Sydykbek

Cast: Tolepbergen Baisakalov, Yerbolat Toguzakov, Manshuk Aitmukhanbetova, Adina Bazhan

Country: Kazakhstan

Production: Kazakh Film

Language: Kazakh

Year: 2021

Tolik is an excellent example of a middle-aged family man who lives an ordinary life and does his best to feed his family, with problems that seem never-ending. He is always in debt – Kazakh weddings and funerals, everything requires money. One day he finds out that his teenage daughter is pregnant. Tolik intends to find out who the father is in order to talk to him about his daughter’s future and the couple’s plans. With all this on his plate, Tolik gets involved in an absurd adventure which almost costs his friend his life. After experiencing all this hardship he finally understands what the most important things in life are. It is this understanding and acceptance that bring him hope.

View the trailer (in Kazakh with English subtitles) here.

WHEN: Tuesday 15 February, 19:00

WHERE: Vue Cambridge, The Grafton Centre, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PS

LANGUAGE: Kazakh (with English subtitles)


CamRuSS is organising this screening in collaboration with the Sochi International Film Festival & Awards (SIFFA) as a charitable event. You can reserve your place via Eventbrite, but if you are unable to make a donation on this occasion, please contact the CamRuSS team.

SUGGESTED DONATION: CamRuSS members – £5; Non-members – £7.

If you would like to check your membership status, please get in touch with Ekaterina Onatskaia: membership@camruss.com

If you have any other questions, please contact the CamRuSS team: events@camruss.com


Tuesday 15 February, 2022
19:00 - 21:00
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Vue Cambridge
The Grafton Centre, East Road
Cambridge, CB1 1PS
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