Azerbaijani film awarded Fajr Film Festival

By: Laman Sadigova

The Azerbaijani film Nabat directed by Elchin Musaoglu, a famous Azerbaijani film director, won the prize in Iran.

The feature film “Nabat” was presented in the “East Panorama” Section (Asian and Islamic Countries) of the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival in Iran.

The film was awarded in the category of “Best Director”.

“Nabat” was made by the order of the Culture and Tourism Ministry of Azerbaijan film studio Azerbaijan film. The film was shot in 2014. It is dedicated to the Karabakh war, which took place on the wake of Armenia’s aggression on Azerbaijan.

Nabat and her husband Iskender, an old and sick ex-forestry worker, live in a very small and isolated house far from the village.

War has been raging for some time during which their son has been killed at the front.

Their sole means of survival is the sale of milk from their only cow, which Nabat takes to the village from time to time.

As the shadow of war envelopes the region, the village is slowly deserted by its inhabitants. The story revolves around the village’s residents who are forced to leave their homes because of the ongoing battles. But the old woman refuses to leave her family members buried in the village.

Following Iskender’s death Nabat has to survive in the now abandoned village, watched from a distance by a she-wolf.

“Nabat” was presented at various festivals and film forums, such as the Venice International Film Festival, the 27th Film Festival in Tokyo, the 50th Film Festival in Chicago (USA), the 26th International Film Festival in Palm Springs (USA) , the 63rd Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg (Germany) (awarded to three awards). The film was also included in the long list of contenders for the “Oscar” award in the category “Best Foreign Language Film”, it was also among the nominees for the Russian cinema award “Nika” in 2014. The film’s producer Mushfig Hatamov was awarded the prize “Special Mention” by the international jury at the 13th International Film Festival in Pune (India).

SOURCE: Azer News