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The Composer

1 hour 44 minutes 25 seconds|Kazakhstan,China

Director:

Xierzati Yahefu

Country:

Kazakhstan,China

Year:

2019

Film Duration:

1 hour 44 minutes 25 seconds

Language:

Chinese, Russian

Producer:

Jonathan Shen,Serik Zhubandykov

Screenwriter:

Zhang Suisui,Hayixia Tabareke

Synopsis

The Composer is adapted from the true story of the well-known Chinese musician Xian Xinghai in Almaty. It was during the Great Patriotic War, Xian was on a mission of composing the score for a documentary film in former Soviet Union using an alias. As the war broke out, he was stranded in foreign land with the longing of getting back to his motherland. His talent in music made him befriended local musician Baikadamov. They developed a deep friendship and overcame difficulties together.

Xierzati Director

Xierzati Yahefu

Director

Xierzati Yahefu was born in Xinjiang, and is regarded as the representative of the 'western warm current' genre of Chinese cinema for his films are usually about humanistic cares. Young Xierzati's obsession in drawing and film urged him to go study Arts in Beijing Film Academy. After he graduated in 1985, he was assigned to work in Tianshan Film Studio as production designer and assistant director. In 2005, he co-directed The Turpan Love Song and won the 'Five Top Project' Award. In 2007, he individually directed Mai Mai Ti's 2008 and received very positive reviews from the film circle. 

Filmography

2006 – The Turpan Love Song

2008 – Mai Mai Ti’s 2008

2009 – Flower

2011 – Under the Sky of Urumqi

2012 – Meet in Pyongyang

2014 – Genuine Love

2017 – Taklimakan’s Drumbeat

2018 – The Composer 

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