Cannes Film Festival

Samal Yeslyamova – Ayka #Cannes2018

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The painful journey of a young mother in denial.

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PODCAST | Bénédicte Prot interviews Samal Yeslyamova, actress of the film Ayka.

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Kazakhstan’s Samal Yeslyamova, the main actress of Ayka, tells us about the utter centrality of her role, with the camera always on her, the physical intensity of it, and her work with Sergey Dvortsevoy. Her committed and courageous performance owed her the Best Actress Award of this 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Ayka just gave birth. She can’t afford to raise a child. She has no job, debts to be paid, not even a room of her own. But there is no way to suppress her natural instincts.

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    Bénédicte Prot
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    Samal Yeslyamova
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