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SCHIZO  
Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2004, Winner many best actor prizes throughout the World
Feature film by Guka Omarova
2004 – 35mm, 83 mins., Kazhak/Russian/French/German Coproduction
CTB – Kazakhfilm Studio – Les Petites Lumières - Kinofabrika
World sales:
Intercinema (post@intercin.ru ; www.intercinema.ru)
France distribution:
Zootrope (www.zootropesfilms.fr);
US Distribution:
Picture This! Entertainment (www.picturethisent.com)

Selective List of Awards
WINNER - BEST ACTOR- Tokyo Film Festival
WINNER - MAIN PRIZE BEST FILM - Cottbus Eastern European Film Festival
WINNER - BEST DEBUT- XV Open Film Festival "Kinotavr", Russia
WINNER - BEST ACTOR- Morocco Film Festival
WINNER - FIPRESCI INT'L FILM CRITICS AWARD- Haifa (Israel) Film Festival
WINNER - BEST FILM BY A FEMALE DIRECTOR - Copenhagen Film Festival
WINNER - GRAND PRIZE - Tallinn (Estonia) International Film Festival

Selective List of Festivals
2004 Cannes International Film Festival - Un Certain Regard 2004 Toronto International Film Festival
2004 Vancouver International Film Festival
2004 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
2004 Chicago Film Festival
2004 Munich Film Festival
2004 Sofia International Film Festival
2004 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
2004 Tokyo International Film Festival
2004 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
2005 Bangkok International Film Festival
2005 Rotterdam International Film Festival
2005 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival


Fifteen year old Mustafa has a nickname Schizo. He is hired by his mother's boyfriend to find fighters for illegal fistfights. His life is changed forever when a young man mortally beaten in one of the fights asks Schizo to deliver his prize money to his girlfriend and young son. Schizo takes the money to the woman as promised and falls in love with her. Now he knows for whom he has to make money, no matter what the cost. In fistfights there are no rules… until blood is spilled!
"If you can imagine "Rebel Without a Cause" transported to the desolate Central Asian steppes of the former Soviet Union, that movie would be "Schizo" "….. "This is probably the first film from Kazakhstan to get anything like mainstream distribution in the United States" - SALON.com
"Schizo" is in the end a movie about it's hero's discovery of his ability to feel and pride himself and to take responsibility, and it is also, fittingly, a proud and responsible film. " – A. O. Scott, New York Times






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