The XV Tashkent International Film Festival will host professional film competition named "Cinema of Central Asia" for the first time Kyrgyz director Aibek Daiyrbekov's "Smell of Wormwood" will open the "Cinema of Central Asia" contest.
The films will be shown in the 50- and 70-seat halls of the House of Cinematographers from September 29 to October 1.
Films produced by five Central Asian republics will take part in the competition. A total of 11 films are announced. Three films each will be presented by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and one each by Tajikistan and Turkmenistan:
"Training of Ademoki" by Adilhan Erzhanov
"Brothers" by Darkhan Tulegenov
"Steppe" by Maxim Akbarov
"Belek" by Dalmira Tilepbergen
"The Smell of Wormwood" by Aibek Daiyrbekov
"About What I Remember" by Aktan Arym Kubat
"Fortune" by Mukhiddin Muzaffar
"Tree of Destiny" by Sakhysalyk Bayramov
"Evolution" by Yalkin Tuychiev
"Sunday" by Shokir Khalikov
"Uzbek" by Akbar Bekturdiev
The jury of the competition will be composed of renowned filmmakers, such as the winner of the Berlin Film Festival, Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu, selector of the Venice Film Festival Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan, famous Georgian director Irakli Kvirikadze, specialist in Eastern European films, German director Christiana Büchner. The jury will be chaired by the great Polish director and producer Krzysztof Zanussi.