Almaty. July 26. Information Center - Kazakhstan
actor Yerkebulan Daiyrov won the Best Asian Actor award for his role in the
“Sunflower” movie at the 2021 Cannes Film Award, reported the press service of
the festival on July 18, The Astana Times reports.
“I am currently on set. I learned about the good news
from Instagram. I did not believe it at first. The producers are calling me.
There was no time to enjoy the victory and realize it, right now I am answering
calls. Thank you, everyone. This is our shared victory,” said Daiyrov in an
interview for Sputnik.kz.
The film’s story follows a teenager, played by Rashid Musin,
who suffers from Internet addiction. It is directed by Almaty-based director
Elya Gilman. Production finished in 2019.
Gilman herself won the Venice Film Award in the category
Best Feature Film Director for “Sunflower.” The film also received the
Outstanding Excellence award at the 2020 WRPN Women’s International Film
Festival and the Special Prize of the Jury at the 2021 White Nights Film
Festival, as well as an honorable mention at this year’s Paris Film
“Sunflower” was a hit at the Istanbul Film Awards in May.
The film scored seven awards, including Best Drama – Feature Film, Best Woman
Director and Best Actor. Serbian actress Sloboda Micalovic was awarded Best
Actress at the festival for her role in the film.
Daiyrov is famous for his roles in such Kazakh films
to Mother,” “Tomiris” and