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Exeter student showcases film at Cannes Film Festival

PUBLISHED: 14:21 29 May 2014 | UPDATED: 14:21 29 May 2014

Aygul Bakanova (right) with Danish director, Milad Alami. Photo by University of Exeter.

Aygul Bakanova (right) with Danish director, Milad Alami. Photo by University of Exeter.


A FILM created by an Exeter student has recently been showcased at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Void, a short film by Aygul Bakanova, who is studying film at the University of Exeter, has been shown as part of the Directors’ Fortnight at the festival this month.

Produced in collaboration with Danish director, Milad Alami, the film also features a star-studded cast, including Lars Mikkelsen of The Killing, Borgen and Sherlock, as well as Game of Thrones director, Dar Salim.

Says Aygul: “Void has become a true experiment for me. Shot in two days on a ferry in the Baltic Sea with a small crew and an outstanding cast, Void tells the story of a middle-aged man trapped in his memories. I very much look forward to watching our film on the big screen in Cannes. It must be quite an experience on its own.”

The movie was a result of an international scheme to bring together emerging directors in the early stages of their career. The Nordic Factory is a unique residency, workshop and film production concept that pairs up young directors and challenges them to produce a short film with a limited budget, shooting time and editing time. The experience aims to create a platform for the directors to build an international awareness and attention, while giving them an opportunity to showcase their work to potential partners and financiers in Cannes.

Aygul is studying for a PhD Film by Practice through the University of Exeter and London Film School doctoral partnership. Supervised by Dr Helen Hanson at the University of Exeter and Peter Gordon at the London Film School, Aygul is developing her PhD project and first feature film, Drifting Snows set in her homeland of Kyrgyzstan.

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