Harmony Lessons

Feature Film

Following a public humiliation in front of his classmates, 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, Alslan decides to kill Bolat…

Feature film by: Emir Baigazin
Kazakhstan, Germany
Year of Production: 2013
Cast: Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Andassov, Anelya Adilbekova, Beibitzhan Muslimov
Writer: Emir Baigazin
Producer: Anna Katchko
Co-producers: Karsten Stöter, Benny Drechsel, Michael Reuter, Rebekka Garrido
Production companies: JCS Kazakhfilm n.a. Shaken Aimanov, Rohfilm, Post Republic Halle
Budget: 670.000 €
Supported by: JCS Kazakhfilm, World Cinema Fund, “Work in Progress Award” Sarajevo Film Festival
Language: Kazakh