Kazakhstan’s movie Stranger (Zhat) directed by Yermek Tursunov has premiered at the 40th International Toronto Film Festival that ran from September 10 until September 20, Tengrinews reports.
Founded in 1976, the Toronto International Film Festival is now one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the world known for generating Oscar buzz, as Oscar’s selection committee looks at all the movies presented in the Canadian festival.
The Festival is non-competitive and has no jury panel. Furthermore, the only major award of this Festival is the People’s Choice Award given to a feature-length film with the highest ratings voted by the festival’s audience.
The Kazakh movie was listed in the Contemporary World Cinema program of the Festival, the one with the broadest global reach, which this year added 56 films, including 26 world premiers.
The film is set in 1930s, one of the most turbulent times in the Kazakh history, when extreme famine and brutal Soviet purges were combing through the Kazakh steppes.