Zhantemir Baymukhamedov

Your project has entered our festival. What is your project about?
This is short film based on real story that I've red in newspaper about 35 years ago. Story norrates about relationship between rat and human. Main hero appeared in diificult life situation after long period of time he spend in prison. And the rat was the only creature who helped him.

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What are your ambitions with your project?
I want this movie to be seen by as many people around the world as it possible and of cource to make money in order to cover expences that i incurred making this film.



Tell us something about your shooting. What plesantly surprised you?

It was realy interesting time of shooting and what mostly surprized me is the rat, it so smart.

For what group of spectators is your film targeted?
I think this movie would be interesting as for children as for adults, or may be its not for me to decide, let experts in this field make the decision.

Why should distributors buy this film?
Because it's an unusual story that you won't find in any scenario.Such an interesting story that I'm sure Hollywood would want to buy and this is not my point of view, this is what the jury members at film festivals told me.

How you specify your work, what characterizes your film?
In this film, the theme of humanism is touched upon; it runs like a red line through the entire film.



Why did you decide to become a filmmaker?

Since childhood, I dreamed of being an actor, but they didn't take me to the cinema. Then I decided to make films myself and act in films myself. this is my 2nd film, but I didn't shoot here. I was also influenced by the films Pulp Fiction and Trainspotting

Who is your role model?
In the movies, role models Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie and others.
Music by Elvis Beatles, Rolling Stones

Which movies are your favorites? Why?
As I said earlier my favorite movies are Trainspotting and Pulp Fiction. probably because my youth fell on the 90s, and these films became simply revolutionary.

Where do you look for inspiration for your films?
All my stories are taken from my real life and inspire me with cult movies

Which topics interest you the most?
I am interested in different topics, because I have a lot of life experience, I studied at different universities, worked in many places, traveled half the world, I notice a lot, I observe a lot of people and animals

What do you consider your greatest achievement in your career?
I was a star of the 90s in the Republic of Kazakhstan, being a musician and a TV and radio host, and in the cinema, in which I take my first steps, a great achievement is the fact that my film The Rat won 6 Grand Prix at international festivals around the world.

What do you consider most important about filming?
The most important thing in the filming process is a team of professionals from the operator to the actors

Which film technique of shooting do you consider the best?
The best cinematic technique is the one used by my favorite filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and other iconic directors.

How would you rate/What is your opinion about current filmmaking?
Today, there is little revolutionary happening on the screens, the emphasis is on computer graphics and effects. Movies like this require a lot of money. But it's good that many independent directors are making their own films, which are also interesting.


What can disappoint you in a movie?
If the audience doesn't like it, it will upset me a lot. I always think about the audience, since I worked as a director on television, the worst thing was if the guardian changed the channel. The task is to keep the viewer in the chair. If that doesn't work, you'll have to remount.

Who supports you in your film career?
Nobody supports me, thanks to my friends who lend me money for movies, so I am very grateful to them

What are the reactions to your film? (opinion of spectators, film critics, friends and family)
As I said earlier, people who saw my film were very surprised, especially people from other countries, because our country and the history that we showed them seemed very exotic.


Have you already visited any of the prestigious film festivals?
Unfortunately, I have not yet participated in the Cannes Film Festival, but at the film festivals in Malta, Macau, San Paolo, Moscow and other festivals, my film won the Grand Prix, which I am incredibly happy about and I hope that prestigious film festivals await me in the future.

What are your future plans in filmmaking carriere?
I plan to continue to make films, participate in prestigious film festivals and collect big box office around the world.