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Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix goes to TULPAN! Scenes from the Stage Greeting.
The director and the cast made their stage greetings at the Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon before the screening of the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix awardee film, Tulpan, which took place following the Award Ceremony. Many movie goers came to the box office to purchase a current ticket showing a strong turn out at the theatre.

Sergey Dvortsevoy (dir.), Samal Yeslyamova (actress), and Askhat Kuchinchirekov (actor) appeared on the stage before the screening and expressed their joy for winning the awards. Sergey Dvortsevoy won both Grand Prix and the Best Director Award, thus becoming an awardee in two categories!


"I am glad to share the lives of people of Kazakhstan with the Japanese audiences through the screening at TIFF. I am really happy that the Japanese people understand this film, he said. Dvortsevoy was glad to be accepted by Japan with an honorable awarding of Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix!

Samal Yeslyamova (leading actress) said, "I came to like Japan more than ever. I am very happy to be able to see you." I apologize for giving you such an ordinary comment." She looked honest and charming when she made a speech.

The actor, Askhat Kuchinchirekov said, "I've learned about Japan through Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon" and learned about the greatness of Japan by reading Ryunosuke Akutagawa's novel, I came to like Japan more than ever. Thank you so much,"he showed his intimacy in Japan while giving his speech..

Sergey Dvortsevoy said, "Two awards are more than enough for me (laughingly). I have been making many documentary films and Tulpan was my first fiction film. Winning an Award in such a large film festival will definitely become a big advance for my future." He said with a smile. "I am looking forward for coming to Japan. Tulpan is co-produced by 5 countries. When we visit Poland, we mention that Polish cinematographer shot the film and when we are visiting France, we've introduced Tulpan as a French movie. He pointed at Askhat saying, "He looks like a Japanese fellow, that is why Tulpan is a Japanese movie as well."He concluded his greeting by making a preliminary remark to break the ice before the screening.

Askhat who was mentioned by Sergey as a Japanese look-alike said he took his tie off not expecting the film to win the show.

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