Inspiring story of a kazakhstani folk hero
In the style of grand movie entertainment, Paris Song tells the true story of small-town singer Amre Kashaubayev’s journey from Soviet-ruled Kazakhstan to Paris to compete in an international singing competition at the 1925 Paris Expo. Unknown to most of the world, this shy performer with a remarkable talent steals the show every time he sets foot on the stage.
Unexpectedly embraced by the high-culture Paris elite, who receive him with rapturous applause, Amre forms a beautiful and unlikely friendship with American Jewish songwriters George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, and photographer Lee Abbott (Abbie Cornish).
This inspiring story of a Kazakhstani folk hero illuminates what it means to be an outsider and to struggle against a repressive Soviet regime — and is proof that determination and talent can overcome adversity.
Abbie Cornish, Ben Aldridge, Sanjar Madi
Kazakhstan, Latvia, USA
awards and nominations
2018 – Hollywood film festival
Jeff Vespa – Global Grand Jury prize – Best Film – Winner
Jeff Vespa – Jury prize – Silver Screen Prize
2019 – Manchester International Films Festival – Best Production Design – Winner
2019 – Richmond International Film Festival
Jeff Vespa – Best of festival – Best Narrative Feature film – Winner
Sanjar Madi – Best Actor – Winner