Cinema Heritage International Film Festival

In Film & Series 26 November, 2023

Claudia Moras

Claudia Moras


Cinema Heritage, an international film festival dedicated to showcasing the world’s cinematic heritage under the patronage of UNESCO, will be held in Paris from 28 November to 02 December 2023, at the Mac-Mahon and Lincoln cinemas.

Initiated by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, and co-founded by Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to France and Permanent Delegate of Kyrgyzstan to UNESCO, and producer Kuban Toichubayev, Cinema Heritage IFF will open its doors for the first time and we hope it will be the start of many more.

“In politics, we sometimes build walls, but people of culture build bridges between peoples, states, generations and eras” Sadyk Sher-Niyaz.

Organized by the association AITYSH France, Cinema Heritage IFF aims to facilitate access to works and preserve the world’s cinematographic heritage in order to give concrete expression to the ideals of UNESCO. The event has the dual aim of promoting new talent and introducing the general public to emerging filmmakers whose works are now considered to be part of the world’s cinematic heritage.

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Costa-Gavras and Radu Jude,  guests of honor on the closing night.

The Selection Committee for the first edition of the Cinema Heritage Festival is made up of Barbara Lorey de Lacharrière, Eva Peydró and Philip Cheah . They have viewed films from 56 different countries to select the nine films in the International Competition:

The Winter Within by Aamir Bashir India, France, Qatar / 2022 / Paris premiere.

The Echo by Tatiana Huezo Mexico, Germany / 2023 / French premiere.

Muyeres by Marta Lallana Spain / 2023 / Paris premiere.

Behind The Haystacks by Asimina Proedrou Greece, Germany, Macedonia / 2022 / French premiere.

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Behind the Haystacks (Asimina Proedrou, 2022).

The Promised Land by Nikolaj Arcel Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany / 2023 / French premiere.

Lubo by Giorgio Diritti Italy, Switzerland / 2023 / French premiere.

The Land Where Winds Stood Still by Ardak Amirkulov Kazakhstan / 2023 / French premiere.

Esimde (This Is What I Remember) by Aktan Arym Kubat Kyrgyzstan / 2022 / European premiere.

Riceboy Sleeps by Anthony Shim Canada / 2022 / French premiere.

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Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou will be the guest of honor at the Cinema Heritage International Film Festival and will receive a lifetime achievement award at the first edition. Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988 with Red Sorghum, the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1991 with Raise the Red Lantern, the Golden Lion in 1992 with The Story of Qiu Ju, then in 1999 with Not One Less and the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994 with To Live, Zhang Yimou has left his mark on a whole generation of film lovers.

Costa Gavras and Cristian Mungiu will be the guests of honor on the closing night.

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Zhang Yimou will receive a lifetime achievement award at the first edition of Cinema Heritage.

The festival has an international team headed by Diana Ashimova, executive director, producer, NETPAC member and artistic director of international film festivals in Kazakhstan and can also count on its honorary members: American artistic director, festival organizer, and programmer Peter Scarlet, American scriptwriter and producer David Franzoni, Kazakh stunt coordinator Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov, Georgian director Nino Kirtadze, and Istanbul foundation director Gorgun Taner, as well as François d’Artemare (Filmes do Tejo, Portugal), Asel Sherniyazova (Asian World Film Festival, USA, Kyrgyzstan), Julia Benetti (UNESCO, France), Ihsan Kabil (critic, Turkey), Guillaume Rat (composer, France). All are committed to this message of tolerance and openness, which aims to preserve cultural diversity.

The festival will award 6 prizes and the jury for this first edition is made up of Turkish writer-director-producer Semih Kaplanoglu; award-winning editor Hervé Schneid, who has collaborated with a number of directors including Sally Potter, Lars Von Trier, Mike Figgis, and Volker Schlöndorff; the General Director of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, Elise Jalladeau, and the actress Natacha Régnier, awarded at Cannes Festival for La vie rêvée des anges.

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