Harmony Lessons

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Harmony Lessons
Harmony Lessons poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Emir Baigazin
Produced by Anna Katchko
Written by Emir Baigazin
Starring Timur Aidarbekov
Cinematography Aziz Zhambakiyev
Release date
  • 14 February 2013 (2013-02-14) (Berlin)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Kazakhstan
Language Kazakh

Harmony Lessons (Kazakh: Асланның сабақтары, Russian: Уроки гармонии) is a 2013 Kazakh-German drama film directed by Emir Baigazin. The film premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival[1] where Aziz Zhambakiyev won the award for an outstanding artistic contribution.[2]


Harmony Lessons is set in a small Kazakhstan village, where Aslan, a thirteen-year-old boy living with his grandmother is a diligent student, bullied by an older boy Bolat and his gang connected with adult criminals and prisoners. The plot concerns Aslan's humiliations, and slow revenge.


Critical reception was positive:[3][4]

In this insightful Kazakh film, symbolism and striking cinematography help us navigate the complicated landscape of a teenager’s mind after the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Emir Baigazin wrote, edited and directed this fascinating Darwinist first feature, which, through his still shots, reminds us of Bresson and the best parts of Japanese film noir. — Frédéric Boyer at the Tribeca Film Festival

It’s stark and surreal, strange and beautiful, and while perhaps overstretched in the final act, it’s entirely riveting. — David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


  • Timur Aidarbekov as Aslan
  • Aslan Anarbayev as Bolat
  • Mukhtar Andassov as Mirsain
  • Anelya Adilbekova as Akzhan
  • Omar Adilov as Mad
  • Adlet Anarbekov as Takhir
  • Daulet Anarbekov as Damir
  • Nursultan Nurbergenov as Maksat
  • Nurdaulet Orazymbetov as Daniyar
  • Erasyl Nurzhakyp as Arsen
  • Assan Kirkabakov as Shikan
  • Ramazan Sultanbek as Gani



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