As one of the most recognized movie events in Chin

ina, the festival-which will be held through April 20-recently announced 15 nominated fil

ms, including The Composer, which will contend for the festival’s top honor, the Tiantan Award.

Inspired by a speech made by President Xi Jinping during his v

isit to Kazakhstan in 2013, the film looks back at the life of Xian, a music

ian who was once a household name and best known for his epic work, Yellow River Cantata.

When the Great Patriotic War (the Soviet Union’s defensive war again

st the invasion of Nazi Germany) broke out in 1941, Xian-who was assigned by the Commu

nist Party of China to work in Moscow-found himself stranded in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.

With the help of Kazakh musician Bakhytzhan Baikadamov and his family, Xian spent his final years living out the war in K

azakhstan, where he concentrated on writing music. In early 1945, the musician who was suffering fro

m multiple diseases was sent back to Moscow, where he died in a local hospital on Oct 30 the same year.

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